Harvey pair ready to stand up and deliver
Todd Harvey is excited about his prospects as a part-owner of Group 1 Doomben Cup contender Tradesman and co-trainer of brilliant juvenile Black Sabbath tomorrow.
Leading trainer Darren Weir will thrust Tradesman into the Doomben Cup (2000m) after the WA-owned star’s three-length win at Warrnambool last start.
Harvey trained Tradesman in partnership with his father Robert before connections decided to send him east last December.
Weir is setting the former Belmont Guineas winner and Perth Cup placegetter for staying features during the Brisbane winter carnival.
“You dream about having horses in Group 1s, so it’s exciting,” Harvey said. “Weiry was very bullish about him that day at Warrnambool and I got the vibe he had Brisbane in the back of his mind for a while.
“It’s a big step up in class, but he’s in form and drawn to get a good run. His main goals here were always the Railway and Kingston Town, so it will be good to see him get up to a staying journey and maintain it.”
Tradesman jumps from barrier three tomorrow and will be ridden by John Allen.
Black Sabbath is a raging $1.20 favourite for tomorrow’s Lanciano Plate (1200m) at Ascot after bolting in by three lengths on debut.
“I actually think he’s improved on his first run,” Harvey said. “With that experience under his belt he should come forward a bit.
“He looks pretty smart. He’s a big horse and we probably didn’t expect him to race at two, but he hasn’t missed a beat and showed he’s mature enough.
“I think we’ll put him away after Saturday and go on the traditional path to the WA Guineas.”
The father-son combination will also saddle up talented three-year-old Finally French.
Meanwhile, trainer Simon Miller believes three-year-old Achernar Star is poorly weighted against his older rivals in tomorrow’s Group 3 Roma Cup (1200m) at Ascot.
Achernar Star carries 57kg — only 1.5kg less than eight of his nine rivals in the weight-for-age feature. “He gets in poorly against some tough, proven sprinters,” Miller said.
“He can win, but he’ll have to do everything right.”
Miller said Achernar Star was unlikely to be pushed forward from his wide draw in gate nine.
“You dream about having horses in Group 1s, so it’s exciting. Weiry was very bullish about him ...” Todd Harvey