Kiwi trainer Mike Moroney is giving serious consideration to entering Eagle Farm Cup winner Glass Harmonium in the Brisbane Cup in attempt to qualify the import for the Melbourne Cup.
“I’m tossing up about running him in the Brisbane Cup next Saturday but I’ll wait and see the weights when they are released later in the week. It’s a qualifying race for the Melbourne Cup.” Moroney said.
A top three placing in the Brisbane Cup would all but assure Glass Harmonium entry into the major Spring races, and Moroney believes it is a positive that his horse is racing at this time of year, even if most of the horses that he will face in the spring are still in the spelling yard.
“I think it’s something of a myth, as there have been plenty of horses race well in Brisbane and go onto bigger and better things in the spring.
“Brew ran second behind Yippyio in the 2000 Brisbane Cup and they quinellaed the Melbourne Cup later that year.” Moroney said.
Moroney also pointed to Ethereal, Shocking, Viewed and Sirmione as other horses that have gone on from the Brisbane carnival to big wins in the Victorian Spring.
Moroney mentioned that he would more than likely target the Cox Plate on the way to the Melbourne Cup.
Moroney knew that Glass Harmonium would be hard to beat when jockey Lisa Cropp got the front in the Eagle Farm Cup.
“He mustered up really well after he jumped and then relaxed and got his breathing into the right rhythm.
“I thought at the 800 meters he was really travelling and would be hard to run down,” said Moroney.
Moroney said that Glass Harmonium would more than likely be entered in the Brisbane Cup, and then given a spell before the spring carnival.
“We’ll just give him a brief time in the paddock after the Brisbane Cup, as you must do with stallions, and then we’ll build him up for the spring,” said Moroney
14 of the last 20 winner of the Brisbane Cup have used the Eagle Farm Cup as their last lead in race.
The Eagle Farm Cup was Glass Harmonium’s third race since arriving in Australia, and Moroney will assess the five year old before making any concrete plans involving the Brisbane Cup.
“He had to go back to England after he was in Hong Kong (in December) and has virtually been around the world twice before he got here.” Moroney said.
The Brisbane Cup will be run under handicap conditions over 2400m at Eagle Farm this Saturday.