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New Zealand Swansong for Harlech

Thursday, 23rd January 2020

Talented three-year-old Harlech will likely have his last start in New Zealand this season when he lines-up in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on Saturday, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Michael Moroney and Pam Gerard-trained colt is set to head for a freshen-up after this weekend's rich feature, having won two of his six starts this term and finishing runner-up in his four other contests. The son of Darci Brahma took out the Gr2 Sarten Memorial Stakes (1400m) in October before finishing runner-up in his next three assignments, including the Gr1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) and Gr1 Levin Classic (1600m) last start. While always tipped to head to Australia at some stage this term Gerard alluded that this weekend's race will likely be Harlech's last in New Zealand. "At this stage he is more than likely to head to the paddock after this run," she said. "We have got to keep everything open at the moment, but the Randwick Guineas (Gr1, 1600m) has always been the main plan for him. We will get through this race and see how he pulls up. He is a big colt, is still quite physically immature and it is really hard to make long-term plans when they are not quite there yet." Gerard said the Levin Classic run took its toll on Harlech, but he is now showing signs of his normal self.

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