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Mackay Cup Friday Headline Act

Friday, 31st July 2020

On the first weekend of the new racing season, Australia's hard-working trainers, jockeys and strappers will get some respite when, for probably the only weekend of the year, there is no designated Group and Listed racing. That said, there are some really interesting races with really good horses involved around Australia and New Zealand, with 10 TAB meetings on Satutrday alone. From a feature race point of view, on Friday Mackay plays host to its annual Mackay Cup meeting where the feature event has atracted a strong field of local stayers in pursuit of the $85,000 purse. Brisbane trainer Kelly Schweida tempted fate by heading north and has come up with the visitor's draw which sees Tavistock gelding Magstock jump from barrier 18. Shiranda, who has also drawn a tad wide is favourite at around $3.30. There has, however, been a good old fashioned plonk on Toowoomba-trained runner Kuttamurra Al, backed in from $12 to $5. His trainer Lindsay Hatch has applied blinkers, an equipment change that saw Kuttamurra Al win the Lismore Cup last September.

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