GOOD FORM: Trackwork rider Olivia Pickering with horse Zombie Queen.
GOOD FORM: Trackwork rider Olivia Pickering with horse Zombie Queen. Adam Hourigan

Zombie Queen needs change of luck after wide draw

YAMBA CUP: GRAFTON trainer Dan Want is looking for a change of luck for his runner, Zombie Queen, in tomorrow’s Yamba Cup at Grafton.

The Clarence River Jockey Club have allocated Race 5, the Yamba Golf & Country Club Class 1 Handicap over 1200m, for the cup.

“She’s had no luck at the draw, she’ll jump 14 from 14,” Want said.

“There’s no real plan you have from there. You have to play it by ear and look for a bit of luck in the straight.”

Want had confidence his jockey, Matthew Bennett would come up with a plan early in the race.

“I’d say from the jump, he’ll get back a bit, then look for an alley,” he said.

Want said the four-year-old mare has been in good form in recent races, with a good second at Coffs Harbour and beaten by a nose into third at Grafton last week.

“She’s only had three runs this preparation and we might have a look around for another one after this,” he said.

“If she wins we’ll try to find her a Class 2, if not a Class 1 somewhere.

“After that we’ll give her a rest and look for something for her at the (July) Carnival.”

Zombie Queen is one of two local runners in the race, a phenomenon Want puts down to the Country Championship. Hunter Kilner’s Imza Smoothie is also in the field as an emergency runner.

The other is John Shelton’s Battalion, with Ben Looker aboard.

“The extra prizemoney around has certainly attracted some better quality horses from away,” Want said.

Looking at the field, Want has identified some dangers.

“The topweight, Accord, is one to look at, although I’m not sure what’s happening there as they haven’t put a jockey on him yet,” Want said.

“Matthew Dunn’s horses are always competitive and he has two named, Hollywood Barbie and Conniving.

“Jenny Graham’s runner, Best Dressed Lady, also looks pretty good.”



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