Cox Plate a possibility for Harlem
DAVID Hayes is leaning toward a weight-for-age program rather than chasing the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups with Australian Cup winner Harlem, who could end up in a Cox Plate clash with Winx.
Harlem will resume in Saturday’s Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, as will his stablemate, last year’s Caulfield Cup winner Boom Time.
Hayes said Harlem’s jumpouts indicated he was in for his best Australian campaign as he appeared to be a length or two better.
Hayes said the plan for Harlem was to stay on the weightfor-age path with the Cox Plate his main aim.
“He’ll be entered for the Caulfield Cup but his best form in Australia is over 2000m,” Hayes said. “He’s a weight-forage horse now.”
Hayes said he expected Harlem to run a forward race in the Lawrence Stakes but would improve with the run.
It will be a star-studded affair with Darren Weir possibly having seven runners, including Voodoo Lad, Black Heart Bart, Humidor, Kings Will Dream, Danon Liberty, Big Duke and Red Cardinal.