It has been over 10 years since Troy Harris rode his last Group One victor and the Cambridge racer has the chance to break that dry spell at Te Rapa today.
Harris will be on board three-time Group One champ Melody Belle in the Gr.1 BCD Group Sprint (1400m) and he said he is fortunate to ride the Jamie Richards-prepared sprinter subsequent to accepting a stay of procedures for an ongoing suspension.
“I got a stay of procedures, so I will have my hearing next Wednesday at Te Aroha,” Harris said.
“It was a bit touch and go of whether I could ride her or not. I just got the choice on Tuesday that I could ride her. When I got the alright I was quite riveted.”
Harris is pleased to get the ride and be brought together with a steady he spent such a large amount of his profession riding for.
“It’s a great chance, I seized the opportunity to ride her,” Harris said.
“I was apprenticed to Te Akau, so it’s great to get back on one of theirs in a major race. I worked there for a decent seven to eight years. They have given me a couple of huge champs, so it’s great.”
One of those enormous victors was Tell A Tale, who Harris rode to win the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) in 2008 for Te Akau’s New Zealand mentor at the time, Mark Walker.
It was a champion year for Harris, who only one month earlier won his first Group One with Dezigna in the Gr.1 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham.
Disclose to A Tale’s triumph in the Guineas was Harris’ last at Group One dimension and subsequent to riding Melody Belle in work and drawing boundary two, he is energetic that he can add another to his count today.
“I jogged her on Saturday and Tuesday and on her work on Tuesday I truly think she is one of the ones to beat without a doubt in that race,” he said.
“We have the hindrance draw as well. She’s in every case very decent to ride, so she will simply put herself directly there and with a delicate run I figure she will be extremely difficult to beat.
“From (obstruction) two I can essentially ride her from wherever I need, so I’ll simply hold up until I converse with Jamie and perceive how he needs her ridden.”
Song Belle completed third in the Gr.1 Sistema Railway (1200m) on New Year’s Day at Ellerslie and was unplaced in the Gr.1 Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham last begin and Harris trusts his charge is in the groove again for now.
“I realize she bombed last begin (in the Telegraph), however I went over and dashed her and I couldn’t blame her by any stretch of the imagination, I thought her work was incredible,” Harris said.
“In the event that she drew a boundary she wouldn’t have been beaten in the Railway and I would put it down to an off day last begin down at Wellington.”
Harris has encountered a resurgence in his level riding vocation subsequent to being compelled to ride over wall for a timeframe in the wake of battling with his weight.
In any case, he is winning that fight and a Group One triumph on the end of the week would be a compensating result for those endeavors.
“My weight is extraordinary right now, I have been riding 56 kilos,” he said.
“I’m not squandering by any means, I’m eating each night.
“I feel extraordinary heading off to the races now, after earlier years where I needed to waste to drop a couple of kilos.
“You simply feel horrendous and you would prefer not to be there, however it’s great at this point.”
●Dual Group One champ Lizzie L’Amour has been scratched from the Gr.1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa today.
The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-prepared six-year-old pulled up somewhat sore on Thursday and her coaches selected not to take any risks with their terrific horse.
“She jogged well on Thursday morning and just left her crate somewhat delicately on Thursday evening,” Forsman said.
“We gave her somewhat of a jog up and we simply weren’t exactly cheerful. It’s more mileage than anything, from a great deal of dashing.
“Given the track will be entirely firm we absolutely didn’t assume she owes us or her associations anything.
“It’s most likely the best thing to put her out and I’d state she could conceivably be resigned, yet we haven’t settled on that choice yet.”
The Zabeel female horse has collected an extraordinary record, winning seven of her 25 begins, including two at Group One dimension, and putting in a further eight.
Forsman said it was a disgrace that Lizzie L’Amour won’t inspire an opportunity to shield her title today subsequent to winning the 2018 running of the Herbie Dyke Stakes by 5 lengths.
“It’s a disgrace she couldn’t motivate her opportunity to win another, however she has officially won two Group Ones and put in different Group races and she unquestionably doesn’t have to add anything to her CV,” he said.
“Being by Zabeel she has done all she expected to do.”
Forsman said a choice on Lizzie L’Amour’s future will probably be made one week from now.