Har­vey pair ready to stand up and de­liver

The West Australian - - AUTUMN RACING - Jay Rooney

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

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