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David Vandyke concedes Jiayuguan deserves Tattersall’s Club Cup favouritism over his Christmas Cup winner Sir John Hawkwood but has faith in his horse’s toughness and fight to complete the summer staying double on Friday.
Sir John Hawkwood copped a 1-1/2 kilo penalty for his Christmas Cup win, where he saw off an unlucky Jiayuguan and Lucky Lucky Lucky in a blanket finish.
“I guess we got the money and the cup, so we deserve some more weight and I would prefer to have that in the bank,” Vandyke said. “If you look at it on weights, it is hard for him to beat the other two in that blanket finish in the Christmas Cup.
“But he is still getting better and he has won with a big weight in England before he came out here.
“He is a strong stayer and we think he could develop into a Sydney Cup sort of horse and it is another opportunity to get some black type.
“He is very tough and I think he will carry the extra weight and still be there at the finish.”
Jiayuguan is a $3 favourite to turn the tables on Sir John Hawkwood ($4.60) with Ladbrokes, while the Tony McEvoy-trained Lucky Lucky Lucky is at $5.50 with the stable expecting him to improve.
Lucky Lucky Lucky is coming off a runner-up finish in the ATC Cup before being run down late in the Christmas Cup.
“He has come on from that last run and is flying on the track,” McEvoy’s racing managing, Rick Connolly, said.
“He might have just needed that run at 2400m and Kerrin McEvoy has stuck with him, which is a good sign, and he meets the winner a lot better at the weights.
“He gets a track that will really suit him because he loves firm going.”
Meanwhile, Magic Millions Classic favourite Capitalist will have a track gallop with Mooshakissa at Randwick on Friday after missing a barrier trial because of an elevated temperature on Tuesday.
“His temperature is back to normal now,” co-trainer Paul Snowden said. “It wasn’t a big thing.
“We’ll see how he goes on Saturday and then decide when he goes up on the float to the Gold Coast.”
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