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 Australian Racing News 
Wednesday, May 24 2017

Jeff Lloyd, who at Ipswich on Wednesday set a new record for winners in a season in Queensland when he partnered his 156th winner of the period, wants to get his name on the Group One winners' list.

Music Magnate - AAP

The 56-year-old thinks he is a chance to do so aboard Music Magnate in Saturday's A$700,000 Darley Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm.

The pair will start from the second-widest barrier in the field of 14, but Lloyd thinks that might not necessarily be a disadvantage.

"It all depends obviously how Eagle Farm plays, but could be a blessing. We'll have to see on Saturday," Lloyd said.

"But he is a horse that doesn't like to be cluttered up, he likes room, so I'd rather be there than towards the inside."

The Bjorn Baker-trained five-year-old scored his maiden Group One victory on this corresponding weekend last year - in the Doomben 10,000, which was then run over 1350m - and Lloyd excused his most recent effort, when he failed to beat a rival home in the new-look 1200-metre 10,000.

"His last run has to be ignored," he said. "It was a race that just didn't work out the way we thought it would, the pace came out of the race and I found myself in an awkward spot and got on heels at a vital stage, so it's just a run that you have to ignore.

"At 1200 they're probably a little bit sharp for him and if he gets in the wrong spot like we did last start things can unfold not in his favour.

"I think the step up (in distance) will benefit him."

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