Master Harry could surprise in Starlight Stakes

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A forward showing by Master Harry in the Listed $100,000 Blackwoods Alemlube Starlight Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday wouldn’t surprise Randwick trainer Ron Quinton.

A win by Master Harry in the Starlight Stakes won't surprise trainer Ron Quinton.

A win by Master Harry, above, in the Starlight Stakes won't surprise trainer Ron Quinton. Photo by Steve Hart.

Even though Quinton says that Master Harry is not fully wound up for his first run since running second to See The World in the $85,000 Young Professionals In Racing July Sprint (1200m) at Randwick in July,  he added that the six year old looks in great order and is ready to perform well.

“He’s in great order and trialled nicely the other day. He just might need a race to bring him to his absolute peak,” Quinton told the Sportsman.

“But he looks super.”

Quinton said that Master Harry is a much more relaxed racehorse this preparation due mainly to the hard work of his stable apprentice Sam Clipperton.

“He’s a lot more relaxed in his training these days, young Sam has done a fantastic job on him on the training track because when I first got him all he wanted to do was bolt,” Quinton said.

“But Sam has got him going beautifully this time around, he could have a nice little prep.”

“There are a couple of nice little sprint races he could run in and he’s also dropped down to a 95 rater and every so often they have one of those 95’s somewhere around the place so he can always run in one of them.””

Master Harry’s topped off his preparation for his return to the race track with a pleasing second in a 1050m barrier trial at Randwick.

The lightly raced Master Harry is a winner of four of his seventeen starts and includes a win over the same distance at Rosehill as Saturday’s Starlight Stakes.

Master Harry has been marked at the juicy odds of $16 for his first run back while leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller will saddle up the $3 favourite Heart Testa who is going for back to back wins over the Rosehill 1100m.

Darley trainer Peter Snowden is hoping for a return to winning form for Safeguard, a $4.40 chance, after he was been beaten as favourite at his last three runs during the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

Safeguard kicked off his Spring campaign in fine style with a win in the Group 3 $135,000 Legacy 90th Anniversary Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 17 but failed to win at his next three starts.

The Exceed And Excel colt was sent out the favourite when fourth in the Group 2 $220,000 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on September 7, second in the $250,000 Catanach’s Jewellers Blue Sapphire (1200m) at Caulfield on October 12 and sixth in the Listed $150,000 Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on November 7.

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.


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