Group 1-winning entire Glass Harmonium will kick off his 2013 Australian Cup (2000m) campaign at Caulfield on Saturday when he contests the Group 1 2013 Futurity Stakes (1400m).
The seven-year-old has fully recovered from the bone-chip surgery that took place after his spring campaign and trainer Michael Moroney takes confidence out of his first-up fourth over 1400m in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes last preparation.
“Last preparation he was competitive at 1400 metres in a Group One first-up and that was a handicap,” Moroney told AAP.
“So weight-for-age will suit him better.”
The British import hasn’t been seen since a runner-up finish in the Mackinnon Stakes on November 3 where he produced a bold front-running effort only to be run down by Alcopop in the dying stages.
Glass Harmonium has had well-documented barrier troubles and Moroney admits that will again be the key to whether he can feature in the finish this weekend.
“If he jumps away he’s always competitive,” Moroney said.
Glass Harmonium has only tasted success twice in Australia, in the 2011 Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes and the 2011 Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup, but has been a consistent Group 1 performer.
Other key results include running third in the Group 1 Doomben Cup in 2011 and second in the Turnbull Stakes that same year.
He is one of 12 horses entered for the Futurity Stakes along with some genuine stars including Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon, top colt All Too Hard and last year’s winner King Mufhasa.
All Too Hard is likely to start as favourite and as a three-year-old has a weight advantage under the weight-for-age conditions.
He will carry 55.5kg, 3.5kg less than the older males and 1.5kg less than the older females.
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