Glass Harmonium is the 2011 Mackinnon Stakes champion with an impressive front running performance where he was simply too good for his rivals across the 2000m at Flemington.
Previous today Glass Harmonium has been unlucky on two visits to Flemington but today he was the class horse on paper and he showed it front the gates to the post.
He came here off a Cox Plate run where he missed the kick early and simply wasn’t able to ever get into the race.
Today it looked like it could happen again as barrier attendants had plenty of trouble with him pre race.
Once in the gates though he settled and he jumped with the pack meaning he could use his pace to push up and lead on the fence.
Off the turn he skipped tow clear and it was as good as over as the swoopers tried and failed to reel him in.
Mourayan came closest in a good performance after sitting three wide throughout and Rekindled Interest made decent ground to finish third on the widest part of the track.
Caulfield Cup Champion Southern Speed finished fourth with the weight turn around and drop in trip proving a little too much to handle.
The $6 million dollar question know though is will Glass Harmonium push on to the 2011 Melbourne Cup?
Jockey Damien Oliver says probably not however he could have a vested interest given he’ll be riding Manighar on Tuesday.
“I’ll leave that to them, he’s brilliant at 2000m, I think that’s probably his best trip,” he said.
“He gets a bit hot, he gets a bit excited, at 2000m when he can roll along and relax in front it’s suited.”
This is Oliver’s fourth Mackinnon victory and he does it on the anniversary of his brother’s death.
For Mike Moroney it’s a piece of redemption after the Cox Plate and he says he wasn’t concerned by his pre race antics.
“He doesn’t mean anything about it…I thought he was good and relaxed here today,” he said.
He says he always knew the horse had stacks of ability.
“He’s a really good horse and has got a high cruising speed…really good turn of foot,” he said.
Now it’s over to the owners whether or not he gets a Melbourne Cup start but you get the feeling it could be too tempting to refuse.
“It will be an interesting next hour or so while the owners work it out,” he said.
“I have a bit of a question over the two miles but if you have a shot this is the race to do it in.”
Glass Harmonium paid $7.00 for the win on Luxbet with Mourayan second at $5.50 and Rekindled Interest third at $2.40.
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2011 Mackinnon Stakes Results
|1st||8||GLASS HARMONIUM(2)||Damien Oliver||Michael Moroney||59.0||2-2.72|
|2nd||4||MOURAYAN(8)||Hugh Bowman||Robert Hickmott||59.0||0.8L|
|3rd||12||REKINDLED INTEREST(5)||Dwayne Dunn||Jim Conlan||58.0||1.8L|
|4th||13||SOUTHERN SPEED(9)||Craig Williams||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||56.0||4.0L|
|5th||10||FORETELLER(1)||Corey Brown||Chris Waller||59.0||4.8L|
|6th||5||GINGA DUDE(4)||Michael Walker||Graeme Boyd||59.0||6.3L|
|7th||11||SINCERO(6)||Kerrin McEvoy||Stephen Farley||58.0||6.6L|
|8th||3||MIDAS TOUCH(3)||Nicholas Hall||Robert Hickmott||59.0||8.6L|
|9th||6||PRECEDENCE(11)||Steven Arnold||Bart Cummings||59.0||9.6L|
|10th||1||EFFICIENT(12)||Steven King||Robert Hickmott||59.0||13.6L|
|11th||9||THE VERMINATOR(10)||Craig Newitt||Chris Waller||59.0||13.9L|
|12th||14||LIGHTS OF HEAVEN(7)||Luke Nolen||Peter G Moody||56.0||21.9L|
|Src||2||WALL STREET||Nash Rawiller||Jeff Lynds|
|Src||7||LINTON||Michael Rodd||Robert Hickmott|