Harlequin ahead of schedule

Lomar Park stallion Valixir (Fr) sired three winners last week and Liam Birchley has got a live one named Harlequin’s Gold.

Harlequin’s Gold (2g Valixir – Inconstant by Brief Truce) scored a powerful victory in the Metro Hotels Plate (1200m) during the Grafton Cup carnival.  “They made him work early from an inside gate,” Birchley said.  “But he railed up and led them after a furlong.

“He was entitled to feel the pinch in the straight but when Paul (Hammersley) kicked up, he found two lengths and won pretty easily.”

Harlequin’s Gold was stretching out to 1200m for the first time after winning a Doomben trial by 10 lengths earlier this month.  He started an odds-on favourite with the blinkers back on and Birchley was very impressed with the performance.

“He’s showing all the right signs.  His wither has just popped up and he’s bound to keep improving.”

Harlequin’s Gold has been nominated for the Ballina Bracelet (1200m) this Friday but he isn’t far away from another break.  “The boys who race him have had several horses with me over the years and they know the drill,” Birchley explained.  “He will really come on for another spell and is bred to be a much better three and four year-old.”

Harlequin’s Gold has already paid his way after changing hands for $4,500 at the 2011 Inglis Scone yearling sale.  Birchley prepares him for Peter Appleton, Kerry & Phil Baker, Robert Beaven, David Head and David Porter.

His dam Inconstant is a Woodlands homebred and is a half-sister to Moonee Valley G3 winner Youth (Quest for Fame). His second dam Versatile is by former Lomar Park sire Archregent.

Valixir’s other winners last week were Queensland juvenile Backstreet Jack and Lomar Park homebred Final Bid.  The latter scored by four lengths on debut at Nowra.

Lomar Park will stand Valixir (Trempolino) for an $8,800 (inc gst) service fee this year.