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    Superstar’s suitable Cup draw Superstar’s suitable Cup draw

    LEAP TO FAME will attempt to join a pair of immortals at Club Menangle on Saturday night

    RECEIVING a “suitable draw” has bolstered trainer Grant Dixon’s confidence ahead of Saturday night’s A. G. Hunter Cup at Melton. Making the trip south... Superstar’s suitable Cup draw

    RECEIVING a “suitable draw” has bolstered trainer Grant Dixon’s confidence ahead of Saturday night’s A. G. Hunter Cup at Melton.

    Making the trip south with his superstar pacer, Leap To Fame, the Queensland trainer stated the millionaire’s starting position would provide “options” in the $500,000 event.

    Drawn barrier six, the son of Bettors Delight slots into five with the removal of the emergency.

    Winner of his last seven starts – including a clean sweep of the Albion Park Inter Dominion last month – Leap To Fame worked to the front from barrier six to register a soft free-for-all victory at the same venue last weekend.

    Leap To Fame was also pushed forward to find the lead from barrier five in the Inter Dominion Final on December 16.

    “I’m very happy with that,” Dixon said. “Closer to the pegs would have been nice, but it gives me options from there.

    “The first plan is to work forward and look for the lead, but he has proven how versatile he is.

    “I didn’t ask much of him last Saturday because it was a hot night, but he’s come through it well and it has tightened him right up for this weekend.”

    For all his faith in the five-year-old, Dixon is aware of the monumental task ahead.

    “The Hunter Cup is a tough 2760-metre race,” Dixon said.

    “It’s a strong field and you have to be at your best.

    “On paper, Catch A Wave appears to be the main danger from two.

    “If we found the front, for example, and he was trailing us, his explosive speed makes him dangerous.”

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