When attempting to back a winner at Alexandra Park on Friday, look for horses that competed well, or even adequately, in the Harness Jewels at Cambridge on May 31st.
The first race sees a field that is stacked with fillies and mares that competed in the Jewels and they look set to dominant the event.
Heading the line-up is Te Amo Bromac, who is now in the barn of Barry Purdon. She was very good when finishing sixth in the 3YO Diamond after starting from a wide second-line barrier and looks the one they all have to beat.
Jewels contestants Christy Breanna and Royal Counsel look the next best, while Saharazona could be the one to spice things up.
Monseigner, who nearly pulled off the biggest boilover in Jewels history when finishing second behind King Denny in the 3YO Ruby, could very well win the second race if he brings his manners, while Imnotquitesure, who finished ninth in the same event, shouldn’t be far from the action.
However, if Lucky Fortune, who actually contested the Harness Jewels at Ashburton last year, gets around safely, that pair could be left to pick up the crumbs.
Ballyronan, Astral Traveller, and Princess Sophia, who all drop back from the 4YO Ruby, should all be in the fight in race five, while Cyclone Prince heads a strong Jewels brigade, including Rocknroll Arden and Whisper Jet, in the sixth event.
Others worth putting the ring around on Friday are The Fascinator, Lancewood Lizzie, and Norvic Nightowl, who all finished in top-four posisition at last month’s 1.2 million-dollar raceday, while Jewels villain Mighty Flying Major should reign supreme over 2YO Emerald runner-up, Bettor Spirits, in the final race on at the card Alexandra Park on Friday.
By Mitchell Robertson