Decision time for team Frith

12:52 PM 09 Apr 2014 NZST
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The connections of Frith (Pictured) - are unsure if they will accept the Harness jewels invite.
Top four year old mare Frith has been invited to compete in this year's Harness Jewels in New Zealand but trainer Bruce Harpley is unsure on whether he will take his stable star across the Tasman. Harpley felt honoured that Frith received an invitation however acknowledged he and owner Bernie Kelly would need to consider their options going forward.

"When I saw that Frith had been selected on In The Gig on Sky Racing on Monday night to compete in the Harness Jewels it made me realise that Bernie and I need to sit down and have a good chat about it," Harpley said.

"I wouldn't rule it out completely but we have to keep in mind that there is the semi final of the Breeders Challenge a fortnight after the Jewels and I wouldn't want to put her whole campaign and season in jeopardy by chasing the one race in New Zealand, the Breeders Challenge might be the easier option."

Harpley reiterated comments made earlier in the year that he planned to give Frith a light season.

"I've said it since she turned four, all I am worrying about this season is looking after her and not over taxing her because she is eligible for a number of features and she should be competitive in all of them."

"Adore Me would be extremely hard to beat over there in New Zealand and that is obviously a very strong consideration for both Bernie and I."

Frith will head back to Tabcorp Park Menangle in the next couple of weeks and will tackle a Metropolitan event.

"That's the plan, now that she has had the couple of runs under her belt she should have improved to the point where she is ready to head back to the Menangle so I'm not sure when but she will definitely be back there by the end of the month."

"If you look back to her three year old season most of her races were three race series where she went heat, semi and then final and she was always at her best in the final, she's just that sort of mare, she needs to get the miles in her legs."

By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing

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