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Harness Racing: McCarthy has faith in King Of Swing

Reinsman Luke McCarthy is confident he can take advantage of barrier one, hold the front and see off a strong field of rivals in Saturday night's National A.G. Hunter Cup.

Top New South Wales trainer Belinda McCarthy has two big hopes in the race with King Of Swing joined by Spirit Of St Louis and both will be in the mix come the end.

Feeling confident

However Belinda's husband Luke is feeling in a bullish mood after King Of Swing landed barrier one, while Spirit Of St Louis who will be driven by Jack Callaghan, will jump from gate four.

Spirit Of St Louis is bang in form after recent Bendigo, Shepparton and Ballarat Cup wins, while there is danger elsewhere in the race, but McCarthy knows what his charge can do.

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King Of Swing won the Hunter Cup in 2020 and McCarthy says it will take something special to stop him from that draw.

"I think, and I’m confident, King is quick enough to hold the front," Luke McCarthy said. "Of course, Spirit Of St Louis is going fantastic, he’s got good gate speed and he’ll work forward. Arty (Lochinvar Art) goes forward."

Amazing Dream threat

Meanwhile McCarthy is well aware of the rivals who could try and strike late and Nathan Purdon's 10-time Group 1 winner Amazing Dream is one such danger.

"Amazing Dream is a massive chance drawn on the back of King Of Swing," McCarthy added. "King and Arty are the ­marquee benchmark colts in Australian racing and she's the best mare.

"She's got a great draw and she's so dangerous when she's driven like that. When she’s just ice cold on a helmet, she always sprints so good at the finish."

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