By Glenn Davis
What looks like a horror barrier draw to most is a blessing for Townsville Cup hope, Sayl, at Cluden Park on Saturday.
That’s the belief of Toowoomba trainer Lindsay Hatch, who is chasing his maiden Townsville Cup win, after his only previous starter, Kuttamurra Al, finished third to the John Manzelmann-trained Shiranda in 2020.
Sayl, a narrow winner of the Mackay Cup last start, drew barrier 20 earlier this week, but will come in several places if the emergencies don’t start.
“Barrier 20 is ideal for him,” warned Hatch.
“Every time he draws well in a race he gets into trouble.
“He’s better off two and three wide where he can go around them without any interference.
“It might sound silly but it’s the best draw for him.”
Hatch will also saddle up Djukon, who finished seventh, but was only beaten three lengths by his stable mate in the Mackay Cup.
“Djukon’s run in the Mackay Cup was enormous,” Hatch said.
“He’s on the way up and will run a big race.”