Harada Bay team forced to make race switch
Promising galloper Harada Bay may have his campaign redirected to Sydney if suitable open-class races in Brisbane continue to fall away.
The Meagher training combination of John Meagher and his sons Chris and Dan had originally planned to run Harada Bay in a 1600-metre race at Doomben on Saturday.
However, that race was scrapped when the required six acceptors could not be reached.
It meant the Meaghers had to switch Harada Bay back to the Good Business Handicap (1350m).
Chris Meagher said it wasn’t the best option for Harada Bay who had run second at his last start over 1600m behind class miler Epic.
“We couldn’t just let him sit at home because it would have then been three weeks between runs. He needs to run and we have freshened him up to tackle this shorter race,” Meagher said.
“Hopefully, the pace will be on and he can run home strongly.”
Meagher said Harada Bay’s long-term aim was the Magic Millions carnival in January.
“We are looking at the Magic Millions 1400-metre race with him. We think he is up to that class,” he said.
In the short term, Meagher is hoping the Brisbane open-class races can stand up.
“Otherwise we will have to sneak down to Sydney. It won’t be for anything too flash but there are some lesser races down there which might suit,” he said.
Harada Bay has been done no favours at the weights as he is yet to win in open company but has 57.5kg.
“We didn’t really consider claiming on him as he has a few tricks and isn’t a kid’s horse,” Meagher said. Robbie (jockey Robbie Fradd) has ridden him work and we felt he was the way to go.”
One thing in Harada Bay’s favour is the Doomben 1350m where he has excelled.
Harada Bay has had three tries over the course for two wins and a close third behind class gallopers Jetset Lad and Saluter.
Meanwhile, Fradd, a vastly experienced international jockey now settled in Queensland, continues to cement his client base.
He has ridden 11 winners since arriving in Queensland last month and he has six rides at Doomben on Saturday.