Cox Plate hard luck story Glass Harmonium is back this Saturday looking to finally break their Group 1 maiden after multiple failed attempts, Mike Moroney’s imported grey this time taking on a top field of staying types in the 2011 Mackinnon Stakes.
Since their debut for Moroney back in May during the Queensland Winter Carnival, Verglas stallion Glass Harmonium has had eight starts but has only seen the inside of a winners’ stall in Australia once when taking out the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) on June 4.
They have raced in elite company on four separate occasions, the first of which was their third in the Doomben Cup, and most recently their unlucky 10th when beaten six and a half lengths by Pinker Pinker in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley last weekend.
Their failed Cox Plate run had little to do with their ability and more to do with the fact they became agitated in the stalls pre-raced after eventual runner-up Jimmy Choux broke through the barriers causing a delay to jump time.
“Ollie (Damien Oliver, jockey) came back and said we can back him up in the Mackinnon because he hardly had a run,” Moroney said speaking of Glass Harmonium missing the Cox Plate start.
“He just got too far back and everywhere Ollie went he just got shuffled back.”
One run before the Cox Plate Glass Harmonium came their closest to a thoroughbred major yet when regulated to second by a mere nose behind December Draw in the Turnbull Stakes over 2000 metres at Flemington.
This Saturday they are back at Flemington for Victoria Derby Day Race 5 – the $1 million Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) – where they are set to take on a field featuring plenty of talent including Caulfield Cup winner Southern Speed and Cox Plate third and fourth placegetters Rekindled Interest and Wall Street.
Looking at recent history, however, not having placed actually works in Glass Harmonium’s favour with six Mackinnon Stakes winners since 2000 coming off unplaced Cox Plate runs, a fact pointed out to Moroney this week.
“We didn’t plan not to run a place in the Cox Plate just to try and win a Mackinnon,” Moroney said.
“But I do hope we do get a consolation because it would be a good consolation for what happened on Saturday.”
So can Glass Harmonium rewrite their hard luck story and turn it into a spring fairytale in the Mackinnon Stakes 2011? Or will it be another Group 1 defeat for the gallant six-year-old.
Below the Races.com.au team take a look at the evidence for and against Glass Harmonium to win the Mackinnon Stakes, for which they are paying $8 to do so through Luxbet.
#8 Glass Harmonium – Horse Form
- Jockey: Damien Oliver
- Trainer: Michael Moroney
- Owners: R & C Legh Racing Pty Ltd, Lorne Bloodstock Pty Ltd, G G Ltd, Mr N J Griffin, Mr R Smith, Mr M Pejic, Mr J A O’Neill, Mr R S Scheriani, Mr B L Mathieson, Raise your Glass
- Age: 6YO
- Gender: Entire
- Breeding: by Verglas (IRE) from Spring Symphony (IRE)
- Career: 20:4-5-2
- Prize Money: $697,683
- Track: 2-0-2-0
- Distance: 9-2-1-2
- Dead: 5-1-2-0
- Current Mackinnon Stakes Odds: $8.00 – Bet now at Luxbet
Why Glass Harmonium Can Become the 2011 Mackinnon Stakes Winner
- Has had two former runs at Flemington for two close second place finishes, the most recent of which was their nose second to December Draw in the Turnbull Stakes
- Distance is ideal for this middle-distance galloper, have had nine starts over 2000 metres for two wins and three minor placings
- Their 2000 metre form is an advantage considering they face a number of 2011 Melbourne Cup hopes suited to more distance
- Has form on both Dead and Slow ground so if the rain rolls in they aren’t totally out of this contest
- Is drawn in barrier two, which will suit their go-forward on-pace style of racing
- Is one of only four horses in the field to be ridden by a former Mackinnon Stakes winning jockey with Damien Oliver in the mount; Oliver has won three Mackinnon Stakes with Grand Armee (20040, Danewin (1995) and Paris Lane (1994)
Why Glass Harmonium Cannot Win the Mackinnon Stakes 2011
- Are locally trained at Flemington, but recent history shows Sydney raiders hold the upper hand having won six of the last nine editions
- Could be drawn too close to the rails with the most successful barrier range being gates 5 – 8 over the past 10 years
- Comes up against a number of gallopers that beat them in the Cox Plate with Rekindled Interest (3rd), Wall Street (4th), Efficient (6th) and Sincero (9th)
- Only two entires have saluted in the past 10 years, geldings boasting the best record with seven winners
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