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Changing times for Lucky Player
Changing times for Lucky Player

For a big part of his career Lucky Player struggled to make an impact on the racetrack but recent results, in particular an eye-catching victory last start, suggest a change in fortunes for the Darren Rowe trained chaser.

Last week the locally bred black dog recorded his most impressive win to date when he defeated a handy field that included the likes of Man Dime and Ho Chi Minh in a personal best time of 22.81 over the 405m trip.

‘‘He’s been showing gradual improvement and I think that win confirms that he’s started to turn the corner,’’ Rowe said.

It’s fair to say that Lucky Player has been late developer.

When he commenced racing at the end of last year Lucky Player took five attempts to win his maiden and then another 10 races before he won again.

Since then victories have been intermittent but with the benefit extra experience and a more mature body his performances have slowly but steadily improved over the last couple of months and he has now saluted in three of his past seven races.

Lucky Player faces a new test when he rises in grade to contest the Get A Group Going Mixed Stake 2/3 at Mandurah tonight.

He’ll jump from the rails alley and although most of his success has come from wide draws Rowe believes that his greyhound will be competitive.

‘‘It’ll be a step up for him but I can’t really see why he shouldn’t go with it now,’’ he said.

‘‘If he jumps which, he normally does, he should be up there with the leaders and will be right in the finish.’’

In other news there are four heats of ‘The Shorts’ (405m) this evening.

Standout 400 racedog Buddy Be Cool will be the dog to beat in the final heat despite being drawn awkwardly in box five.

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