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North Queensland revelation The Harrovian could soon become a headline maker in Brisbane if trainer Steve Massingham’s dreams are fulfilled.
The Harrovian will finally make his Brisbane debut when the seven-year-old steps out in the 1400-metre Open Quality Handicap at Eagle Farm this Saturday.
The Harrovian has not started in a city race since May 2018, when he finished down the track at Sandown in Melbourne when previously trained by Jim Conlan.
The son of Fastnet Rock is coming off a last start win in the Cairns Newmarket on August 28, stretching his winning sequence to seven.
The Harrovian created history by becoming the first horse to win the Northern Crown Series bonus for stayers last year, collecting a massive $287,000 in prizemoney with his wins in the Townsville and Cairns Cups last spring.
The gelding has settled in well since arriving on the Gold Coast where he’s based with Toby and Trent Edmonds.
“He’s been on the Gold Coast about 10 days and he’s settled in well,” Massingham said.
“He’s going good and I’ve booked Brad Stewart to ride him.”
Cairns | Cairns Jockey Club | 4:08 PM
Massingham wants to see how The Harrovian handles his tougher Brisbane opposition before formulating future plans, which could include the Magic Millions.
Other options include the summer features, but the Group 2 George Moore Stakes at Eagle Farm in December has been ruled out.
“He’s not eligible for the Magic Millions but if he wins a wildcard race, he could go that way,” Massingham said.
“The George Moore is only 1200 metres and he wants further.
“I was very happy with his Cairns Newmarket win as I thought he might be a little vulnerable but he ran away with it in the end.
“It was his first run after he had an eye ulcer which sidelined him for about five weeks.”
Massingham has named the David Vandyke-trained Desert Lord as the one to beat following the gelding’s win at Eagle Farm last month.
The Harrovian is part-owned by prominent north Queensland racing identity Tom Hedley, who also shares in the ownership of the Edmonds-trained Tyzone - winner of last year’s Stradbroke.
He has won 10 of his 12 starts in north Queensland but will remain with Team Edmonds when Massingham returns home.
Eagle Farm | Brisbane Racing Club@Eagle Farm | 4:17 PM