Weight of ex­pec­ta­tion on Mc­Carthy’s shin­ing star

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACE DAY PREVIEW - MATT JONES

TRAINER Terry Mc­Carthy thinks Star Of Harada is go­ing as well as ever and the horse even sur­prised him with an ex­cel­lent first-up win on the Gold Coast a fort­night ago.

Star Of Harada lines up in a Bench­mark 66 Hand­i­cap (1000m) and has won sec­ond-up but has to lug 62kg with Glen Col­less up.

He’s a real win­ner, hav­ing saluted the judge four times in seven starts.

“He’s got to be a good chance but he has a big weight,’’ Mc­Carthy said. “Glen will ride him though and he loves the weight.

“He’s gal­loped well since that first-up win. He’s got a lot of up­side and will han­dle the heavy track.

“He beat a cou­ple of smart horses the other day and they were both very fit whereas he was re­sum­ing from a spell and I didn’t ex­pect him to win as well as he did. He’ll come on from that win.”

Stel­lar Jewel is Mc­Carthy’s other top hope, in a Class 2 Hand­i­cap (1900m), and she comes off two sec­onds at Grafton in the same grade over 1700m.

Mc­Carthy is happy to put her up in trip af­ter two very nar­row losses.

“She’s been very un­lucky in her runs. She’s just one of those mares that keeps run­ning sec­ond,” he said. “She jumps well and has a nice gate in this race and the claim helps her. Young Leah (Kil­ner) is rid­ing well and she’ll put her up on the pace. I think she’ll be very y hard to beat.

“The 1900m prob­a­bly isn’t her favourite trip but she’s raced well enough to go there. It just looks suit­able now with a nice weight.”

Blue Monte is Mc­Carthy’s other run­ner, in the last race of the day over 1600m. He has a wide gate but gets in on the min­i­mum weight with Kil­ner on board.

“He’s strug­gled with bad draws,’’ Mc­Carthy said. “We’ve had him up in trip and now fresh­ened him. His run the other day wasn’t too bad, though.”

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