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By Graham Potter | Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The David Vandyke trained Landsborough Lad has been luckless since returning from a two-year, injury enforced layoff on April 20.

The injury was a serious one and it was a real credit to all concerned with his care and rehabilitation that the son of Headwater even made it back to the races … but, while it was conceded at the outset that any positive race result from there would be a bonus, his run of second place finishes has been frustrating.

Landsborough Lad, in fact, has finished as the runner-up in no less than five of his six starts since resuming and, apart from the second placing in his first-up run,
Landsborough Lad’s remaining four second placed finishes have all come when defeated by a margin of a length or less.

His form hasn’t wavered at all in his six starts this time in, a period which has seen him contest races from 1200m to 1350m to 1400m at four different tracks on good and soft going, as well as on the Poly Track at the Sunshine Coast.

Clearly, he deserves a win and all of the credit in the world for doing what he is doing against the odds, but there are no ‘gimmes’ in racing … you always have to earn it … so, it will be interesting to see how this story unfolds moving forward.

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