Bruce Harpley concerned about barrier eight

03:32 PM 20 Aug 2014 NZST
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Frith - Drawn one on the second row on Sunday Bruce Harpley - Concerned about barrier eight
Frith - Drawn one on the second row on Sunday
Bruce Harpley - Concerned about barrier eight

Multiple Gr. 1 winner Frith has drawn the inside of the second row in Sunday's Breeders Crown Final for 4 Year Old Mares and while trainer Bruce Harpley is concerned by the barrier he would not be swapping his horse for any of their rivals this weekend.

Frith won the Breeders Crown for three year old fillies last season but drew the front row and pounced on the lead from gate two.

"Fellow trainer Danny Thackeray drew the barrier for us on Sunday and before the draw I told him to get anything except barrier eight," Harpley said.

"He rang me straight after the draw and I said what did we get, and he said eight, then I said no seriously what did we get so it took a while to sink in but I have come to terms with it now."

Harpley acknowledges Frith is going to have to do her fair share of work from the gate and thinks some of the other drivers may be inclined to make an early move.

"I think a few drivers would love to sit on our back so it wouldn't surprise me if a few wanted to make a move early and hope that we get around there to the death and give them some cover."

"The beauty of my mare is that she is so versatile, she has that mix of speed and strength so even if she does more than her fair share of the work I still think she will be in the finish."

Frith will head to the paddock after Sunday's run with her main aim next season being the Ladyship Mile.

"I've done some quick calculations and if I give her six or seven weeks off I should have her right to go by early in the new year which would give me the chance to get a few runs under her belt before the Ladyship."

"There are no easy races for her anymore, if she happens to win on the weekend I think she becomes a C19 M4 so she will need to be pretty fit when she resumes."

Greg Hayes - Harness Racing New South Wales

 

 

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