Cox Plate a pos­si­bil­ity for Har­lem

The Courier-Mail - - SPORT - MICHAEL MAN­LEY

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.

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