Shane Nichols lamented another dreadful draw for Streets Of Avalon in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes
Mornington trainer Shane Nichols fears Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes hopeful Streets Of Avalon used all his good fortune back in February.
Streets Of Avalon rolled high-profile stars Super Seth and Melody Belle in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes in February. But Nichols said Streets Of Avalon used up all his luck that day.
“He got all the favours in the Futurity,” Nichols said. “He had it his way, a biased track, led and dictated. I suppose I have got to give some luck back.”
Barrier draws have gone against Streets Of Avalon in top level races since his Futurity Stakes triumph.
The gelding drew barrier 11 in the All-Star Mile in March and 13 in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes last month. Streets Of Avalon fared even worse in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes with gate 17.
Shane Nichols and Streets Of Avalon’s owners will be thrilled if the gelding can notch another Group 1 win in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. Picture: Jay TownSource:News Corp Australia
Streets Of Avalon will jump from barrier 13 if the emergencies don’t get a run in the $500,000 race. But a wide gate still posed a big problem for the on-pace runner.
“I don’t know how we’ll play it but the barrier draw was disturbing to say the least,” Nichols said. “The horse in really good shape but we’ll need some luck from the gate.”
Streets Of Avalon finished less than a length from Humidor over 1600m in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) at The Valley last time out. He drops back to his favoured 1400m trip on Saturday but Nichols said the six-year-old’s chances hinge on the early battle for the lead.
“There doesn’t look to be as much pressure as the Memsie but I’m sure it will be genuinely run,” Nichols said. “Whatever he run in that has no pressure early, he’s OK.”
Daniel Stackhouse has the task of steering Streets Of Avalon into a good spot from the poor draw.
Streets Of Avalon is a $19 chance in Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes betting. Memsie Stakes winner Behemoth is the $4.60 favourite ahead of Age Of Chivalry, Tagaloa and Banquo at $8.50.
Originally published asNichols rues his luck after Avalon’s ‘disturbing’ draw
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