Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller conceded the options are limited for promising Harrier Jet over summer.
Harrier Jet shouldered 59kg to an impressive comeback win in the De Bortoli Wines Handicap (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens yesterday and Waller fears the three-year-old will now be hard to place.
“Harrier Jet will need to step up to another level or he will get too much weight,’’ Waller said.
“We are almost forced to send them interstate and that is not something we like to do. We need to encourage them to stay here.
“I know everyone is trying to get race fields (sizes) up and we don’t want to be losing horses to Melbourne.
“They (race officials) are aware of a few little issues and everyone is working together on this — we have the right product.’’
Harrier Jet ($12) was well-ridden by Hugh Bowman before exploding away from his rivals to win by 2¼ lengths from stablemate Dupe ’Em ($16) with Aerobar ($9) a nose away third.
Favourite Invitations ($3.60) raced outside the leader until the turn but dropped out to run seventh and pulled up with soreness.
Harrier Jet has put together an impressive record of three wins from just six starts with the promise of more to come.
“He has turned up today with a big weight and done a really good job,’’ Waller said.
“He has always been a nice horse but a ‘soft’ horse. He has changed physically during his spell and is a stronger horse now.’’
Waller was also impressed with Dupe ’Em’s comeback second at his first start in the Sydney direction.
Source: Ray Thomas