Junee horseman Bruce Harpley has won plenty of feature juvenile races with top youngsters like Greg Kelly and Lady Waratah but one harness racing series that has eluded him so far is the Bathurst Gold Tiara. Harpley is hoping that two year old filly Dance For Madi can change all that when she competes in the heats on Friday.
“We (Bernie Kelly and Harpley) haven’t had much luck in the finals at Bathurst in the Crown or Tiara” Harpley said.
“Hopefully my filly Dance For Madi can give me a chance to win the Tiara this year.”
Dance For Madi has only started twice and after winning on debut at Leeton, finished second in the Pink Bonnet at Tabcorp Park Menangle on March 5.
“I’ve always liked her from the time that I broke her in because she is just a natural, she does everything so easily and I have been really happy with what she has done so far.”
“When she won at Leeton it was only the second time that I had really revved her up and she broke 29 seconds for her final quarter and then she was really good in the Pink Bonnet considering it had been three weeks between runs.”
Harpley is confident Dance For Madi can make use of barrier three on Friday afternoon in the Gold Tiara heats.
“I haven’t asked her to charge out of the gate yet but she does have speed and I think she looks the leader on Friday.”
Dance For Madi is named after Harpley’s daughter after a family tradition started when he named a horse after his wife.
“I named one after my wife Roses For Tash then we had Diamond For Brooke after my other daughter now they all tell me that I have to name one after me but I don’t think Bruce is a great name for a horse.”
Dance For Madi winning at Leeton (February 13, 2011):