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GROUP ONE GLORY FOR GLASS HARMONIUM!!

 A week ago luckless in the W.S Cox Plate, today in the winner's circle after the running of one of the Melbourne Spring Carnival's most prestigious events - the Mackinnon Stakes... Glass Harmonium is the latest Group One star for Ballymore.


A horse purchased from overseas with the Cox Plate in mind, the dashing grey had his chances ruined after a delayed start saw him jump awkwardly but on Saturday at Flemington the six-year-old began brilliantly and was never in any danger of defeat.


Always travelling well for Damien Oliver, Glass Harmonium set up a good pace but was able to kick clear early in the straight and on the line still had nearly a length on his eleven well credentialled rivals.


"He is brilliant at the 2000m," Oliver enthused - "he rolls along so nicely in front and just relaxes."


Michael Moroney agreed - "he does relax so nicely once he gets to the lead, he travels well and breaks their hearts."


"He is a really good horse with a high cruising speed," he continued, "a good, tough horse with a really good turn of foot."


And so now - the Melbourne Cup.


"The key to him is whether or not he will run the two miles," Moroney conceded, "but he is nicely weighted and if you are ever going to have a go at the distance a $6 million race is a good one to try in!"


"And I think class can take him a long way."


Drawn awkwardly in barrier 23, Glass Harmonium will however still be ridden positively, connections not keen to mess with a racing style that is proving to suit. Lisa Cropp, who has ridden the entire on four occasions - steering him to a Gr.2 victory at Eagle Farm in early June - takes the ride.


Our VRC Derby runner Sabrage also acquitted himself extremely well, striking a bit of trouble early in the straight but finishing off nicely for a game third beaten only 1½ lengths.

• listen to an interview with Mike at: www.racingandsports.com.au/racing/rsNewsArt.asp?NID=228643&story=Michael_Moroney_Audio_After_Cup_Draw


Thanks to Darryl Sherer for this photo of our champ winning the Mackinnon.
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