TRAINER Adam Trinder believes his lightly raced four-year-old Harriman has the potential to make his way to open company and those who saw the gelded son of Written Tycoon win a class one in Launceston last Wednesday night would most likely agree.
Harriman was a late maturer but one thing Trinder and the gelding’s owner Wayne Roser are good at, is giving horses the time they need to develop.
Roser and Trinder are enjoying the spoils of last season’s top Tasmanian two-year-old Mystic Journey who recently scored an emphatic win at Caulfield that captured the attention of many Victorian racing pundits.
Mystic Journey returns to Melbourne in a fortnight to tackle a race at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day.
While Mystic Journey was a ready-to-run type, Harriman was a slow learner and needed time to grow into his huge frame and that was exposed when the gelding was unsaddled after this latest win on Wednesday night.
“Harriman is very athletic and he is developing into a magnificent specimen,” Trinder said.
“We are gradually stretching him out in distance and tonight he handled the 1400 metres superbly, albeit from a clever ride from our stable apprentice Chris Graham.”
Harriman won on debut on his home track at Spreyton in June but a month later he finished well down the track but that was all to do with how the track played that day and very little to do with the gelding’s ability.
A subsequent second, beaten narrowly by the highly promising Aspirate, was proof his previous failure was track related.
Trinder travelled Harriman to Hobart for a 1000-metre trial two weeks ago as he wanted to give the gelding a look at the Elwick surroundings and give him a gallop on turf before stepping out in Launceston for that was his first race on a grass surface.
“This horse has come on in leaps and bounds this time in and should he continue to improve I fully expect him to make it through to open class.
“He’s got the build and the pedigree to be a very good horse and by giving him the time to develop, we should reap the rewards.”
Peter Staples - Tasracing