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Australian Campaign Almost Certain for Harlech
Consistent 3YO-old Harlech has been sent for a small break after his fourth-placing in the Karaka Million 3YO (1600m) at Ellerslie on Saturday. It was the first time the consistent colt finished outside the top three this season, having won the Gr2 Sarten Memorial Stakes (1400m) and placed in the Gr1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m), Gr1 Levin Classic (1600m), and Listed Uncle Remus Stakes (1400m). Michael Moroney, who trains the colt in partnership with Pam Gerard, said Harlech's lengthy campaign began to show in Saturday's contest. "I thought he just raced a little bit tired, even though he didn't get a lot of luck in the running… From halfway down the straight to the winning post he lacked a little bit of zip that he normally has." Moroney pointed out, "He did pull up looking pretty tired, so he has gone to the paddock briefly and we will work out if we can get him back in time for Sydney or whether we wait until Queensland. The Rosehill Guineas (Gr1, 2000m) is the right race, but whether we can get there is the question."