Glass Harmonium would come close to being one of the toughest horses in Australia.
His forward running nature and desperate to desire to hold on when it all seems lost has made him a real fan favourite and an unmissable feature thanks to his striking grey colouring.
Last start against December Draw perfectly highlighted this as the favourite loomed up on his outside but he fought back taking it all the way to the line to only just miss out.
With form like that and with the racing style he posses the Cox Plate seems like the perfect race for Glass Harmonium.
Trainer Mike Moroney agrees and that’s the option that’s been locked in instead of the Caulfield Cup.
“We just feel that on what we’ve seen..he just looked as if 2000m, 2200m was probably his right distance,” he said.
“The run in both was going to be very difficult.”
Although the Cox Plate is raced over 2040m Moroney feels that it’s actually worth a little bit more than that and he’s hoping to take advantage of the horses that might be stretching to make the trip.
“Moonee Valley is a pretty tough track, they run up hill and it takes a horse that’s going to get every bit of the 2040m in my opinion,” he said.
Glass Harmonium has never run at the circuit before but early indications after a light gallop are that he should handle it no problems.
“He got around it very well…he was well behaved,” Moroney said.
“We couldn’t have been happier with him the first glance he had at the track.”
There is one change they have to make they’d prefer they didn’t though, that’s the jockey.
Kerrin McEvoy was forming a good relationship with the horse but with helmet now likely to be a Cox Plate starter he’ll have to fulfil his Darley obligations.
That left a tough decision up to the owners with Olly winning out in the end.
“There were a lot of names thrown around, the one we came up with was Damien Oliver, he was probably the most popular of them all,” Moroney said.