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By Glenn Davis
Toowoomba trainer Lindsay Hatch has adopted a successful winning formula in the hope of claiming his first Mackay Cup victory with Kuttamurra Al on Friday.
Hatch has made a crucial gear change and will revert to blinkers on Kuttamurra Al in the 2000-metre feature.
Hatch adopted the same formula with Kuttamurra Al when the gelding won the Lismore Cup in September last year.
“I gave him four runs without blinkers then put them on when he won the Lismore Cup last year,” Hatch said.
“I’ve adopted the same strategy this time with him for the Mackay Cup and the blinkers will go back on after he raced without them in his previous lead up races.
“He’s a very good blinker horse and is a real 2000-metre plus horse and not too many in this will get the trip.”
Hatch has booked Justin Stanley to ride Kuttamurra Al, who finished fourth to Hellava Babe over 1640 metres at Toowoomba on July 18.
“Baylee Nothdurft rode him in Toowoomba and we were very happy with his run,” Hatch said.
“Baylee was going to ride him in the Mackay and Townsville Cups before he was injured so Justin has the ride.
“I’ve had a long association with Justin over the years, he’s a good friend and a good rider.”
I gave him four runs without blinkers then put them on when he won the Lismore Cup last year
Hatch has made two previous attempts to win the Mackay Cup but failed on both occasions.
Hatch and Stanley were in super form teaming to win four races at Toowoomba last Saturday.
Meanwhile Hatch will attempt to win the two other features races – the Newmarket Handicap and Magic Millions Guineas – with Bogey Man and Last Edition.
Bogey Man is having his third run this campaign and is coming off a last start third to Our Boy Pendles at Mackay on July 21, while Last Edition is chasing a hat-trick of wins after winning at Toowoomba and Mackay this month.
“Bogey Man is a knockout chance and will be suited by a hot speed,” Hatch said.
“His last run was very good but he was caught on the inside when he prefers to come wide.
“Last Edition is well suited and has really improved and is looking for the trip.”
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