By Glenn Davis
Trainer Tom Button is resigned to his star sprinter Heartbreak Harry doing his future racing in Brisbane but is hopeful the Cleveland Bay Handicap winner can continue his success at Rockhampton on Thursday.
Button believes Heartbreak Harry has been weighted out of central Queensland racing after receiving topweight of 62 kilograms in the Jet Dry Cleaners Open Handicap (1300m).
Premier jockey Adrian Coome will again partner the seven-year-old after Button decided against using a claiming apprentice.
“I didn’t think he’d get so much weight when I nominated him but there’s not many claiming apprentices that would suit him around here,” Button said.
Heartbreak Harry gave Button his biggest victory in his five-year training career when he claimed the $100,000 Cleveland Bay Handicap (1300m) in Townsville last month.
“I nominated Heartbreak Harry for Mackay on Saturday but he’ll definitely run here tomorrow as he’s going north for the Cairns Amateurs meeting,” he said.
“By running tomorrow he’ll have that extra bit of time to recover for the travel up to Cairns.
“I'm aiming him for a 1400-metre Open in Cairns worth $20,000 to the winner.
“I’ve spoken to his owners and he’ll probably have to go to Brisbane after Cairns because of the weight he’ll get in central Queensland.”
Heartbreak Harry has been a good money spinner for connections earning more than $243,000 in prizemoney with nine wins and 14 placings from 45 starts.
No trainer has yet been confirmed to take over Heartbreak Harry when he transfers to Brisbane but Eagle Farm trainer Brad Herne is favoured.
“Brad (Herne) is probably the front runner as he trained him for a short while when he was last in Brisbane,” Button said.
Button will be double handed in the Open Handicap which has attracted a small field of only seven runners including stablemate Eventide.
Button has five other horses entered at the meeting including former Darwin galloper Best Case who will be ridden by Chris Whitely in the Class Six Plate (1500m).
Best Case will accompany Heartbreak Harry north for the Cairns Amateurs after his makes his stable debut.
“He came to me from Carl Spry who said he couldn’t handle the dirt tracks in the Northern Territory,” he said.
“He’s been in my stable about three weeks but I think this distance is short of his best trip.”
Caption: Tom Button (left) with jockey Ash Butler
Racing Queensland webnews July 29