Hawkesbury/Albury: Harmonic on song for Provincial Championships Qualifier at Hawkesbury   Leave a comment

Hawkesbury/Albury: Harmonic on song for Provincial Championships Qualifier at Hawkesbury

Tony McEvoy will saddle-up the favourite, Harmonic, in the Provincial Championships Quali

Tony McEvoy will saddle-up the favourite, Harmonic, in the Provincial Championships Qualifier at Hawkesbury on Thursday. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

TRAINER Tony McEvoy knows it is rare to get a second chance in horse racing which is why he is determined to make the most of it with talented Harmonic in the $100,000 Provincial Championships Qualifier (1400m) at Hawkesbury on Thursday.

Harmonic enjoys a home track advantage and ideal barrier (three) so it is no surprise TAB Fixed Odds price assessors have the race topweight as the $4.60 favourite.

This is a make-or-break race for Harmonic as he must finish top three to secure a start in the $300,000 Provincial Championships Final (1400m) at Royal Randwick next month.

McEvoy, who is also chasing big-race success with $4.60 favourite Kourkam in the Listed $170,000 Albury Gold Cup (2000m) on Thursday, said Harmonic’s entire preparation has been geared towards the rich Randwick race, but those plans went horribly wrong when the gelding was scratched at the barriers from the Kembla Grange provincial qualifier two weeks ago.

“Everything was factored into that Kembla race but it all went pear-shaped,’’ McEvoy said. “He reared up in the barriers and put a leg over the gate. There was nothing wrong with him so I don’t know why they had to scratch. It was very frustrating.’’

Harmonic will be hard to beat at Hawkesbury on Thursday. Picture: Simon Bullard

Harmonic will be hard to beat at Hawkesbury on Thursday. Picture: Simon Bullard Source: News Limited

But fortunately for McEvoy Harmonic has another opportunity to secure a Provincial Championships Final start at Hawkesbury.

Despite missing the Kembla Grange race, Harmonic has been kept to the mark on the training track including a six-lengths barrier trial win at Hawkesbury 10 days ago.

“Because he missed the race at Kembla I had to give him a solid trial barrier trial,’’ McEvoy said. “He went very well in the trial and I’ve been happy with the horse since.

“There is no issue with the horse going first-up at 1400m, he has a good fresh record, and he has had one go on the track for a win.

“I’m not looking further afield than the Provincial Championships Final with this horse, he has been set for that race so we know this is our last roll of the dice.’’

The situation isn’t quite as desperate for trainers Bede Murray, Kris Lees and Kim Waugh as they already have horses qualified for the Final but are hoping to get more of their horses into the Randwick race via Hawkesbury.

Tim Clark will be chasing his fourth win in five starts on Harmonic. Picture: Gregg Porte

Tim Clark will be chasing his fourth win in five starts on Harmonic. Picture: Gregg Porteous Source: News Corp Australia

Murray, who won the first qualifying heat at Wyong with Sure And Fast then trained the quinella at Kembla with Darci Magic and O’Reilly’s Revenge, has Darci’s Affair and fourth emergency Fiercely Defiant entered for the Hawkesbury heat.

Lees saddles up Powerline and Electric Power on Thursday, hoping one or both can finish top three and join stablemate Magic Of Dreams, Selectify and Parraay in the Randwick final.

Waugh has the consistent Recife Beach primed for Hawkesbury where a top three finish will ensure the trainer has two runners at least in the Provincial Championships Final as she has already qualified Oxford Poet.

The two-day Albury Cup Carnival begins on Thursday with the local sprinter The Monstar $4.20 favourite for the $40,000 City Handicap (1175m). The Murray-trained Life Of Reilly is at the top of betting at $4 for the $40,000 Albury Mile (1600m) on Friday.

RAY THOMAS’S BEST BETS

HAWKESBURY

Best Bet

Race 8, No. 11: Nakataan

Promising filly by champion sire Zabeel who finally gets out to a middle distance. Fitter for two runs from a spell and worked to the line nicely when second behind Omeros at Wyong over 1600m last start. Emerging filly capable of mixing it with the older horses.

ALBURY

Best Bet

Race 7, No. 13 Stella Bijou

Stella Bijou struggled first-up at Yarra Glen but needed the run and will strip fitter here. A winner at Albury last campaign, she is drawn to get a gun run and this isn’t an overly strong race. Hard to beat.

Originally published as Harmonic on song for Hawkesbury

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Posted March 26, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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