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Harbour city horses hit their stride

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A DISTINCT Gladstone flavour adds to an appetising horse racing menu in today's Rockhampton TAB meeting at Callaghan Park.

Three horses with harbour city connections ? Sacred Harmony, Lord Glenbury and Fob Pocket are sure to have some interest when they stride on course.

Sacred Harmony looks a likely type of horse and will no doubt give the Pryde's Class 1 handicap (race two) a real shake.

A late starter to racing, the Jack Garland-trained five-year-old has not run out of a place in his three starts to date.

Garland has engaged top jockey Darryl Johnston to ride today and is no doubt going to get a gun run with him in the saddle.

Sacred Harmony has had a 25- day freshen up since his second in a Class 2 race back on November 4 and if he can run up to that effort is sure to be not far away over the 1200 metres here. His biggest threats are two last- start winners ? Radar Alert and Toowoomba winner Pedrolani, while Lea Lisa is another primed for a big run.

The race jumps at 1.35pm. Impressive last start winner Fob Pocket faces a big test when he runs in the Pryde's Class 5 handicap (race six) over 1400 metres.

Fob Pocket produced close to his best ever performance to win a Class 3 at Callaghan Park just a week ago and against a tough field here would need to replicate that run to be in the mix.

Especially with the standout two-year-old of last season King Hunter, the promising Running Scared who has won three out of four career starts and Gold Coast runner Rock of Mufasa in the field.

This is easily the best race of the day and will jump at 4.05pm. Meanwhile, the final Gladstone horse, Lord Glenbury is looking to rediscover his form when he lines- up in the Patlaw Class 3 handicap (race 3).

At this time last year, Lord Glenbury was blitzing them in Rockhampton and looked set for a big 2005 campaign.

But a tough run in Brisbane took it out of the five-year-old who is really still on the comeback trail with today's race his fourth back after a seven-month layoff.

Trainer Lee Kiernan knows what makes this horse tick and if Lord Glenbury can rediscover that 2004 form, could be a good chance in what is at best only a fair field.

Top-weight Fleet Street who is back after a solid city campaign and last start winner Holly Bush Honey look the two horses Lord Glenbury will find the hardest to beat. His race jumps at 2.10pm.