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Australian Racing - Racing: Draw provides Smith with hope for Esti

A better barrier draw has provided trainer Matt Smith with confidence that Esti Feny can get closer to Huetor in today's Q22 at Eagle Farm.

The son of Pigeon Catcher is bidding to turn around the form of the Group 1 Doomben Cup last time out in this weekend's Group 2 contest, for which he is rated the 40/1 outsider. You can follow the action via our Sports Live Streaming platform.

An import from Hungary, Esti Feny had a tough path from a wide gate last time out but managed to finish sixth behind the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Huetor, who had a clearer run on the inside.

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Smith holds Esti Feny hope

"They don't generally stick on like that when they've been three-wide all the way," Smith said. "Considering the run he had, I'm sure he would have run in the first three with even luck in running."

The pair meet again in Saturday's 2200-metre contest with Esti Feny drawing in barrier one and Huetor in 10.

"It (Huetor) had all the breaks. It never went around a horse, got the suck run," Smith said. "We were three-deep facing the breeze and got no favours and he only beat us about three lengths.

"I'd be confident, given as equal a run as the winner, we would be pretty close to him at the finish."

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