Day At The Track

Star Tasmanian pacer set to dip toe at Menangle

03:01 PM 02 Nov 2019 NZDT
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Harjeet,Harness racing

Star Tasmanian pacer Harjeet makes his debut at Menangle on Saturday night.

The gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover out of the broodmare gem Our Zellweger has had 30 starts in Tasmania for 17 wins and nine placings and amassed just over $200,000 in prizemoney for his breeders and owners, The Rattray Family Trust and Wayne McLaughlin.

He has won many of Tasmania’s feature racing including a stellar 2018 year where he won The Easter Cup, Raider Stakes and the Tassie Golden Apple. The next few months will be used as a stepping stone to see if he can advance to grand circuit level in the coming year.

Connections have looked after Harjeet and brought him along patiently. In the back of their minds, they have had the opinion he could measure up to Grand Circuit level in the future and that was evident as he was nominated for the upcoming Inter Dominion series in Auckland next month.

Scooterwillrev, driven by Rohan Hadley, takes out the 2018 Danbury Cup

It is fair to say he goes up to NSW with a very good record intact and he will be hoping to make an impression. It won’t be easy as he goes up with a national rating of 105 so he is not far off the top grade, but he has seemed to have found a very winnable race and will resume his battle with another former Tasmanian star pacer in Scooterwillrev which will be interesting as the pair had some great battles back at home on the Apple Isle.

In recent years the Rattray name has had great success in NSW with the legend Beautide winning two Interdominion Finals and a Miracle Mile.

When speaking with Rattray about Harjeet, he informed me that the horse trailed last week and he was happy with the performance. A decision was made to make a gear change,  with a sharper bur on his outside and change a bit of headgear as he has a bit of tendency become a bit lazy at times and it was something he wanted to avoid at Menangle in this grade of race.

“He has found the right to make his debut and I expect him to be right in the finish, but it’s his first step so as long as races well that’s all we want to see” said Rattray.

“I’m very confident that the big spacious track of Menangle will suit him down to the ground.”

Rattray has had great recent success with Ignatius, who won the 2yo, 3yo and 4yo NSW Breeders Challenge Series Finals, who he trained in his early career before being transferred to his brother James who has done an outstanding job with him. Iggy is raced by Todd’s wife Lyrae and is close to a racetrack return.

When asked how Ignatius was coming along, Rattray said James was very happy with him. “He had a soft trial last week but will be asked to do a bit more this week at the trials with a possible racetrack return in three weeks. His main target is the Miracle Mile in February where he will try to join another family superstar in Beautide winner of the prestigious Miracle Mile in 2013.


Jamie Cockshutt for Tasracing

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