Harlequin dodges Bracelet for Brisbane

Liam Birchley is looking to the future with confidence after Harlequin’s Gold dispatched a good winter field of two year-olds at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Harlequin’s Gold (2g Valixir – Inconstant by Brief Truce) looked a likely type breaking his maiden at Grafton on July 11.  Back in Brisbane, he lifted to another level with an on-pace victory in the Timeform Hcp (1200m).

“It was an excellent win on the first day of the carnival at Grafton,” Birchley said.  “We nominated him for Ballina Bracelet last week but decided to wait and run him at home.”

Harlequin’s Gold sat in the box seat on Saturday and had the race in safe keeping after kicking clear in the straight.  “He’s improving all the time and another spell will do him the world of good,” Birchley explained.  “He’s bred to be a much better three and four year-old.”

A bargain-based $4,500 buy at the 2011 Inglis Scone yearling sale, Harlequin’s Gold is by Lomar Park sire Valixir from a half-sister to Moonee Valley G3 winner Youth (Quest for Fame).

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