Har­lem out to book Cup berth

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - MATHEW TOO­GOOD

THE Lind­say Park team al­ready has two Mel­bourne Cup-bound stay­ers and hopes an­other will ce­ment his spot via the Lexus Stakes.

Ven­tura Storm and Caulfield Cup win­ner Boom Time are safely in top 24 for next Tues­day’s fa­mous 3200m-hand­i­cap at Flem­ing­ton.

Sta­ble­mate Har­lem sits No. 27 in the most re­cent bal­lot or­der and the sta­ble is plan­ning to run him in to­mor­row’s Lexus (2500m) at Flem­ing­ton.

The win­ner of the Stakes earns a bal­lot ex­emp­tion into Mel­bourne Cup.

“At the mo­ment we’re hop­ing to have three in the Cup,” co-trainer Ben Hayes said.

“Har­lem looks like just not get­ting in so we’ve got to go for the Lexus with him.”

Ven­tura Storm came out of his un­placed Caulfield Cup run with a hoof is­sue but Hayes said the im­port was over that and on tar­get for the Cup.

“Ven­tura Storm worked over a mile on Mon­day and his work was great,” Hayes, who trains in part­ner­ship with his fa­ther David and cousin Tom Dabernig, said.

Har­lem con­tin­ued prepa­ra­tions for Satur­day with a work­out on the course proper at Flem­ing­ton on Tues­day with Vic­to­ria Der­by­bound sta­ble­mates Eshti­raak and Jus­tice Faith.

“I thought his gal­lop this morn­ing was re­ally nice and smooth,” Hayes said.

Har­lem won the Nat­u­ral­ism Stakes on Septem­ber 23 be­fore fin­ish­ing fifth in The Bart Cum­mings at Flem­ing­ton.

He then fin­ished eighth to sta­ble­mate Boom Time in the Caulfield Cup (2400m).

Hayes said he bounced out of that race and be­lieves he copes well with rac­ing.

“I don’t mind him run­ning in the Lexus,” he said.

think he’ll need the run and if he wins he’ll be spot- on for the Cup.”

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