Group 1 winner Glass Harmonium has made a speedy recovery from surgery and could be a surprise starter in the Group 1 $1 million 2013 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 9.
The grey front-runner had to have bone chips removed following his bold second in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes in November but has bounced back quickly under the watchful eye of trainer Mike Moroney.
Glass Harmonium was back at Moroney’s Flemington stables today after being nursed back to health with four weeks in the paddock and four weeks on the water walker.
He may be seven but he showed in the Mackinnon Stakes that he still has a zest for racing as he finished strongly only to be defeated by Alcopop in the dying stages.
The son of Verglas is no stranger to the elite level, having taken out the Mackinnon Stakes the year before.
Moroney told Racing Victoria his charge was unlucky not to have tasted back-to-back success in the Mackinnon, suggesting his knee problems affected him in the dying stages of the race.
”You could see the leg giving him trouble there in the straight and I think without it he would have won the race again,” Moroney said.
Moroney will give the popular entire every chance to make it to the start line of the Australian Cup as he believes he is “arguably the best 2000m horse in Australia” when at the top of his game.
The British import was formerly trained by Sir Michale Stoute before arriving in Australia via Hong Kong in early 2011.
While the 2011 Mackinnon is his best result on Australian soil, he has produced a number of noteworthy performances.
He finished third in the Group 1 Doomben Cup in 2011 and won the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup and was seoncd in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at the 2011 Spring Carnival.