BRIGHT prospect Harjeet has emerged as the one to beat in Saturday’s Easter Cup following heats of the feature in Launceston last night.
Stretching his winning streak to five, Harjeet was never fully extended in his qualifier, with trainer Todd Rattray positive the son of Rocknroll Hanover is in prime condition for the $75,000 Group Two.
“I can’t fault him,” Rattray said. “He is form is great, he did everything right in his heat and he’s come through the run perfectly.
“I just put him in the paddock and he’s bucking and kicking and very full of himself.
“I’ll just work him in his usual routine this week and he’ll be in perfect shape for the Cup.”
With Rattray holding the reins last night, Harjeet led throughout to score by 13-and-a-half metres from Black Centurian, with Star Chamber four metres away third.
“I’m very happy with the run as he did it easily,” Rattray said. “I never pulled the plugs and he got over the line solidly.”
Rating 2:05.9 over 2698 metres, the four-year-old’s time was two-tenths of a second slower than Isaac in the opening qualifier.
Driven by Ricky Duggan for trainer Juanita McKenzie, Isaac began slowly from the pole, which saw the gelding settle midfield.
Gaining an opening during the latter stages, Isaac completed a two-and-a-half metre win from Stagger Lee, with Call Her Julie four metres away third.
“Isaac has been sprinting home well and looks to be the main danger,” Rattray said. “Stagger Lee also went well and is likely to be in the mix again next weekend.”