The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATT JONES

AFTER plac­ing at his last three mid­week met­ro­pol­i­tan races Jar­rod Austin has de­cided Carluca needs a change of luck, so he’s tak­ing him to Satur­day city event at Rose­hill to­mor­row.

The six-year-old has had a very con­sis­tent prepa­ra­tion in the city mid­weeks and coun­try and pro­vin­cial races but has only won once.

Austin de­cided to send him to the last race on the card to­mor­row, a Bench­mark 83 Hand­i­cap and with Rachel King’s claim will only have to carry 52,5kg.

“He hasn’t al­ways been get­ting quite the right run and he’s been ham­pered by big weights so I thought I’d give him a crack at Satur­day class and with Rachel’s claim he gets in below the limit and hasn’t had this weight on his back in a long time,” Austin said.

“He’s prob­a­bly not quite strong enough over a mile and the 1400m is a bit too quick for him.

“He hasn’t gone back­wards at all this prepa­ra­tion so I’m happy to go to


From bar­rier one he’ll go for­ward again but Austin wants King to try and give him an eas­ier run midrace than he’s been get­ting of late.

“He’s hav­ing to do all the don­key work lately for the rest of field but from the draw he’ll be up on the speed or just off it,” Austin said.

“He’s been cart­ing the work up and be­ing left in front at top of the straight and then just be­ing run down late so hope­fully he can get a frac­tion qui­eter run in the race so he can fin­ish off strongly.

“The wet­ter the bet­ter for us. I know he gets through it re­ally well and some of the oth­ers might not.”

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