Harvey’s To Flirt At Kalgoorlie

19
Jun

The Flirt looks well placed to shed his maiden status when he travels to Kalgoorlie and tackles the Like Us On Facebook Maiden (1400m) on Sunday.

The Flirt is knocking on the door of victory with co-trainer Todd Harvey desperate for the gelding to prise it open after four placings from five starts.

The only occasion he has missed a top three finish was at the end of his maiden campaign last year when he ran fourth to Muchos Kudos at Pinjarra.

At Northam this time in he has gone perilously close after being sent out as the popular elect with favourite punters.

First up he pushed Subi Central to a short-neck second before finishing a half-length third to Cut The Nonsense.

Harvey, who prepares The Flirt with his father, Robert, expressed confidence the Flirt was on the cusp of breaking through.

“He looks well placed and I expect him to win,” said Harvey on TABradio.

“He has been racing very well in the provincials and should be hard to beat.

“He is a horse that really tries and finds the line.

“Once he gets a breakthrough he will grow in confidence”

The Flirt, who has drawn the extreme outside gate in the field of 11, carries 55kg with the claim of apprentice, Shaun O’Donnell Jnr.

The Flirt can cap off a top weekend for the Harvey’s who will saddle leading fancy, Tradesman, in the Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m) on Saturday.

The Trade Fair gelding was an excellent winner over the mile two starts back at Belmont when he booted 1 1/2 lengths clear of his next rival.

Although beaten last start he was far from disgraced when he fought out a brave sixth to North Ridge after racing wide throughout.

“I thought it was a good run when he kept finding the line after a wide run all the way,” said Harvey.

“It probably wasn’t ideal going back to 1400m after winning at 1650m, so stepping back up to the mile will be more to his liking.

“He should get a better run from where he is drawn and going forward I think he is going to get to a high level as a racehorse.”

Tradesman will be ridden by Troy Turner, who is in search for of his second Belmont Guineas after steering home Joey Jo Jo in 2007.

Tradesman and Turner will jump from barrier 8.

Tradesman is rated a $10 chance with the TAB. Heading an open market is Top Show at $4.

RWWA: Julio Santarelli