Mark Newnham’s talented young filly Harmony Rose looks in an excellent position to return to winning form coming back against her own sex in this weekend’s Group 1 $500,000 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Last start the three-year-old daughter of Glass Harmonium took on the boys in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and was excellent running third behind Lion’s Roar over the mile on March 6.
The Randwick Guineas form was franked last Saturday with the runner-up Mo’unga backing-up to salute in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) at the same track and distance Harmony Rose goes up to on Saturday.
She comes back against a field of fellow fillies in the Vinery Stud Stakes, which drew 10 final acceptors, and has been kept fit with a recent Randwick hit-out in the went on March 26.
Drawn the inside alley with Joshua Parr retaining the ride, Harmony Rose is ticking plenty of boxes and sits top of the Vinery Stud Stakes odds at $2.70 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
“She is still on the rise, Harmony Rose. She pretty much came from a midweek win to Group 1 company, that’s a fair jump and she did a bit of work midrace,” Newnham told the media this week.
“I was pleased with her trial and she has come on nicely. I think she will eat up 2000 metres.”
In an interesting edition of the Australian Oaks lead-up, there are two other fillies under double-figures in the latest Vinery Stud Stakes markets with the spring’s VRC Oaks champion Personal ($5.50) and the Chris Waller-trained Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes winner last time out Hungry Heart.
Outstanding Fastnet Rock filly Personal for Lindsay Park has run top three in her last six starts including winning the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) last Melbourne Cup Carnival.
She comes off back-to-back Flemington placings this prep and is now out to prove she can handle the Sydney way of racing running interstate for the first time since her disappointing 12th in last year’s Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) from a wide barrier (15 of 16).
Waller won the Vinery two years back with his now champion mare Verry Elleegant (2019) and is back chasing another victory this season with Hungry Heart.
After a number of below-par runs frustrating the punters, the nicely-bred daughter of Frankel finally got a confidence-boosting win on the board when coming from last on the turn to win the Phar Lap Stakes by a neck at Rosehill on March 13.
The 2021 Vinery Stud Stakes is scheduled to run as Rosehill Race 6 at 3:55pm (AEDT) as the key support act on the Tancred Stakes Day card this Saturday.