Caulfield’s 2016 Memsie Stakes at the end of August is the first major spring assignment for John Sadler’s Stradbroke Handicap flop Charmed Harmony.
The rising seven-year-old son of Hussonet hasn’t raced since his dead last when 18th, beaten nearly 25 lengths by the winner Under The Louvre in Brisbane’s Group 2 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 11.
That followed an equally disappointing run at Doomben in May when Charmed Harmony failed to beat home any other rival when 13th to Snippets Land in the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m).
While the horse failed his Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival raid, Sadler remains confident he can make amends back home in Melbourne this spring.
“He’s had three races right-handed and has run tailed off last in the three of them,” Sadler told AAP.
“He just does not go that way for whatever reason.”
First-up Sadler has confirmed plans to run the gelding at Flemington Racecourse on August 6 in the $150,000 Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) down the straight.
Charmed Harmony’s latest win was in late April at Caulfield Racecourse over 1400m in non-Black Type company, while his last start at Flemington produced a sixth to The Quarterback as a 101/1 roughie in March’s Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m).
He also ran second that month at Caulfield behind Black Heart Bart in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m), a track and distance the galloper will return to on August 27 the time in for a shot at the $500,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m).
Aside from the Stradbroke and Newmarket Handicap, Charmed Harmony’s only other Group 1 run saw him finish only one and a quarter lengths away fifth to Stratum Star in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in September last year.
Sadler has had four previous Memsie Stakes runners without a top three finish, while the only seven-year-old to win the race in the past 30 plus hears was the mighty triple Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva (2005).
Charmed Harmony has a strong first-up record of three wins from five resuming runs to date, and impressed Sadler ahead of his next fresh run at a track gallop last Tuesday.
“He looks terrific,” Sadler said.
“He’ll probably need the run up the straight at Flemington but he’ll run well in the Memsie.
“Hopefully he’ll be just a little bit ahead of where those first-up horses might be.”
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