Emma Stewart’s weapon Hurricane Harley was back in the winner’s enclosure on Saturday night and connections are dreaming big with the star four-year-old.
After being narrowly beaten by stablemate Ride High at his last outing, the son of Bettors Delight produced a dominant victory in the Garrards Pace (2240m, NR 80-99) at Tabcorp Park Melton.
Hurricane Harley charged out of gate one but was taken on for the lead by Jack Laugher and Vandatta, who got agonisingly close to crossing the $1.10 favourite before settling for a trail.
This early burn set up a sizzling lead time of 43.9, but wasn’t able to deter Hurricane Harley, who got some cheap sectionals through the middle stages before ripping home in a 26.7-second last quarter to win by close to four metres.
A beaming Kima Frenning told the story best after the triumph.
“Wow - he’s super quick,” she said.
“I’ve probably only sat behind one other horse that’s as quick as him and that’s Hectorjayjay. He’s a super cool horse.
“To burn like he did at the start and then to rip off a last half like that with plugs still in, that’s pretty cool.”
Owner Bill Anderson said Hurricane Harley, now a winner of 16 races, was being targeted towards the Group 1 4YO Bonanza at Melton in late January 2020.
“We hope that he can follow what Poster Boy did - that was the same race that Poster Boy won in January and then you get an invite straight into the Chariots of Fire. If you are good at that, you get into the Miracle Mile,” Anderson said.
“If he can even get to Sydney, that would be a big achievement.”
Hurricane Harley, which has now won more than $350,000 in prizemoney, brought up the first leg of a winning double for Frenning, who later scored behind Amanda Turnbull-trained The Crimson Prince in the TAB Multiplier Pace Final (2240m, NR 52-55).
Chris Alford was the only other driver to land a winning double on Saturday, triumphing with Alison Alford’s Wobelee in the Niota Bloodstock Trot (2240m, NR 80-100) and impressive Stewart-trained youngster Born To Be Watched in the Woodlands Stud 3YO Pace Final (1720m, NR 46-51).
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