McCarthy set to cap off a big week

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Racing - AMANDA RANDO

TOP Syd­ney reins­man Luke McCarthy is hop­ing birth­day luck will be on his side at Tab­corp Park Me­nan­gle tonight.

The mul­ti­ple Group 1 win­ning driver cel­e­brated his birth­day ear­lier in the week and a win or two tonight will top off a great week.

McCarthy has seven drives in­clud­ing Cash N Flow in tonight’s Group 3 fea­ture, the Hy­gain Kevin Robin­son Free-For-All (2300m).

The re­cent Mel­ton win­ner has drawn bar­rier three and is the $2.30 TAB Fixed Odds favourite.

“He is bet­ter over the dis­tance and the draw is per­fect for him,” said McCarthy.

Cash N Flow fin­ished ninth to Ma­jor­dan last start over the mile and that per­for­mance left con­nec­tions puz­zled.

“He went su­per when win­ning at Mel­ton and we were dis­ap­pointed in his ef­fort last start,” said McCarthy.

“He could have been just a lit­tle bit flat af­ter his Mel­bourne trip as they couldn’t find any­thing wrong with him.

“He should go much bet­ter this start es­pe­cially with the race be­ing over a bit of dis­tance.”

That was the geld­ing’s fifth start in Aus­tralia since be­ing im­ported from New Zea­land.

One of McCarthy’s drives that is first up from a spell tonight is New South Wales Trot­ter of the Year War Dan De­stroyer.

The Michael Dolt-off-trained geld­ing has not raced since Au­gust but turned many heads with a re­cent Me­nan­gle trial win where he rated 1:54.6.

“I drove him in that trial and he went re­ally well,” said McCarthy.

“He was go­ing re­ally well last prepa­ra­tion and he should be hard to beat.”

McCarthy has a strong strike rate with War Dan De­stroyer.

He has driven the son of Ma­jes­tic Son 15 times in race con­di­tions, which has re­sulted in 10 wins and three plac­ings.

A re­sult tonight will de­ter­mine if con­nec­tions take War Dan De­stroyer to Vic­to­ria for the Trot­ters In­ter Do­min­ion that starts at Mel­ton on De­cem­ber 1.

A race af­ter driv­ing War Dan De­stroyer, McCarthy has picked up the drive on the Joe Taaf­fe­trained Ty­gar (race nine).

“He is prob­a­bly one of my bet­ter drives of the night,” ad­mit­ted McCarthy.

“He is fly­ing at the mo­ment and was un­lucky last start and has found an eas­ier M0 race.”

McCarthy will also have his first drive on Queens­land pacer Avon­nova in race one.

“It’s my first drive on him and he is close to earn­ing $1mil­lion in prize­money,” said McCarthy.

McCarthy has been one of the top met­ro­pol­i­tan drivers in the state since the 2010/11 sea­son.

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