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    A DECISION to postpone an interstate campaign should continue to pay dividends for Harjeet’s connections. Having considered a trip to New South Wales with... Racing closer to home to pay dividends

    A DECISION to postpone an interstate campaign should continue to pay dividends for Harjeet’s connections.

    Having considered a trip to New South Wales with the son of Rocknroll Hanover, trainer Todd Rattray elected to focus on local features this preparation.

    Successful in the Hobart Cup three weeks ago, Harjeet is expected to have no trouble adding tomorrow night’s Metropolitan Cup in Hobart to his tally.

    “He’s racing in great form and has been working terrifically at home,” Rattray said. “I couldn’t be happier with his condition.

    “I was looking to take him to Menangle for some races, but there are good races for him closer to home coming up.

    “The Tasmania Cup is only a few weeks away then there is the Easter Cup, which he won last year.

    “After those he will have a short break then I will see what there is for him in New South Wales.”

    Despite being the sole runner on the second line Harjeet is a $1.10 favourite.

    The five-year-old heads into the 2579-metre event with a tally of 15 wins and five placings from 22 starts.

    “Obviously drawing the front would be ideal, but the back row shouldn’t be a problem,” Rattray said. “Over the longer trip there is plenty of time to put him into the race.”

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