Jun 10, 2016
Photo courtesy of Trackside Photography
Harada Bay return to the winners’ stall, after an extended period, by winning the AAMI Stradbroke Day 11 June Class 6 Handicap at Doomben. Rider, Luke Dittman had the big chestnut in an on pace position, (something the horse is unfamiliar with, as he usually races back in the field) before hitting the lead in the home straight, being headed and then fighting back to win by the narrowest of margins.
“It was excellent to see him win again, he has been running very well but things have just not panned out for him, both down in Victoria and when he came back up here. It was the first time he has drawn a decent barrier in a long time, so we told Luke to use it and that was why he was a bit closer than normal. In doing so it probably took away his finishing burst, but he was fit and strong and able fight all the way to the line.” Commented Chris Meagher
Co-trainer John Meagher was also wrapped to see another winner from the stable. “All of our horses have been running well, but for some reason we just keep going down by small margins. So it was terrific to see him win today and great for the owners, especially Ontrack Thoroughbreds who are very good supporters of ours. Despite his record showing he has not won in a while he always seems to pay his way each prep, so he is the type of horse that you love to have in the stable. It was new for him sitting on the pace, but with the rail out so far, when you drawn a good gate at the Doomben 1600m start you have to use it. We will discuss with the owners over the next few days where we go next as there are a couple of races for him coming up, including the Rockhampton Cup.”