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    HUNTER MCLEAN with Live On Broadway

    IT’S yet to be determined if luck or ability is playing a role with Live On Broadway. After 23 months on the sidelines, Live... Good luck charm to keep streak going

    IT’S yet to be determined if luck or ability is playing a role with Live On Broadway.

    After 23 months on the sidelines, Live On Broadway has been exciting to watch on his way to six consecutive wins.

    The son of Art Major was fourth upon debut before breaking his maiden in Maryborough on August 31, 2017.

    Returning in July 2019, Live On Broadway is unbeaten this preparation.

    While trainer Shannon McLean has no doubt the lightly-raced gelding possesses above average ability, his son, Hunter, credits another factor for Live On Broadway’s impressive form….himself!

    Having travelled to the races with his father each time Live On Broadway has competed, the six-year-old has no doubt he is the catalyst for the victories.

    “Hunter likes to think he is the good luck charm,” McLean said. “He comes along and the horse wins, so it must be all him.

    “That said, Dad (Ric) has done a lot of work with him, so Hunter may have to share some of the praise.”

    To McLean’s delight, Hunter will be at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night when Live On Broadway continues his transition through the grades.

    In what shapes as a step up in class, Live On Broadway has drawn to settle prominently from barrier four.

    “He is still immature and learning what it’s about after just eight starts, but he is tough and has speed,” McLean said.

    “It’s a good draw and I’m pretty confident he will be hard to beat.

    “Plus Hunter will be at the track, so luck is also with us.”

    Hopeful the six-year-old can remain sound, McLean believes Live On Broadway can develop into a country cups performer like his dam, Broadway Play.

    “He had two years off because of ring bone,” McLean explained. “Originally I thought he had an abscess, but it went on for a few weeks so I got is x-rayed.

    “Two vets said they hadn’t seen it for 20 years!

    “They said I had about 20 per cent chance of getting him to the races and to either cut our losses or put in paddock for two years.

    “So he had a couple of years off before I got him checked again and scans showed it hadn’t gotten any worse.

    “I was given a 50-50 chance of him making to the races this time, but so far everything is fine.

    “If he keeps going the way he is I reckon he can be competitive in the country cups.”

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