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The Harrovian weighted to win Bernborough

By Glenn Davis

It’s been more than a year and seven straight wins since The Harrovian has carried a lighter weight than in Saturday’s Listed Bernborough Plate at Eagle Farm.

That is a telling factor which has prompted market framers to list The Harrovian a dominant $2.50 favourite in the 1600-metre feature.

The 7YO marvel has been used to lumping big weights – as much as 67kgs – which he carried to victory at Cairns in April for previous trainer Stephen Massingham.

In the Bernborough, he drops to a featherweight 57kgs, the lightest weight he’s carried since winning the Cairns Cup with 56.5kgs in August last year.

Trainer Toby Edmonds, who now trains the gelding in partnership with son Trent, continues to be amazed by The Harrovian’s performances.

He ran under the Edmonds banner for the first time when he claimed the Listed Recognition Stakes over 1350 metres at Doomben on November 28.

It stretched The Harrovian’s amazing winning sequence to 10 and was his 13th from 15 starts since he was bought by prominent north Queensland racing identity Tom Hedley for a paltry $20,000 from Victoria.

The Harrovian is now being considered for the $5 million All Star Mile, which will be run under weight-for-age conditions over 1600 metres at Caulfield next March.

“The All-Star Mile is definitely an option for him in Melbourne next year but first we’ll get this race out of the way,” Massingham said.

“I even think the Stradbroke might be a good race for him next year.

“But all that will be up to Toby now he’s training him.”

Massingham, who remains a part-owner in The Harrovian, rates the David Vandyke-trained Baccarat Baby as the main threat.

“At the weights Baccarat Baby looks the danger as we meet Profit 4kgs better for beating him,” he said.

“Niccanova is not a bad horse either so he’s a big threat too.”

Niccanova is trained at Toowoomba by Steve Tregea who is shooting for his third successive Bernborough following Niccanova’s win last year and Bergerac in 2018.

Massingham is amazed by The Harrovian’s fighting qualities after he nearly died from a severe bout of travel sickness after being bought in Victoria.

“On the way up from Brisbane, I got a call on a Friday morning from the transport bloke, Les Rudd,” Massingham said.

“I’ll never forget it, he told me the horse was sick and he didn’t think he would survive another hour but he did.”

The Harrovian