Sacred Harmony shows he?s got the right stuff

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE CONNECTIONS of Sacred Harmony look to have a promising horse on their hands if his maiden win in yesterday's Rockhampton TAB race meeting is anything to go by.

A late starter to racing, the five- year-old is owned locally and has made up for the delay in fine fashion.

Sacred Harmony had shown enough in a gallant third on debut to suggest the 1100 metre Country Comfort Maiden Handicap would not be out of his class.

And it certainly wasn't as the Jack Garland-trained gelding got a dream run from barrier five.

Classy hoop Anthony Merritt had Sacred Harmony ticking over beautifully and the top-weight of 58 kilograms did not affect him down the straight.

In the end, Sacred Harmony got home by half a length in 1.05.73 from first starter Augustan, while one of the fancied runners Starry Dancer finished third.

For those punters who backed the winner, Sacred Harmony paid a handy $9.30 for the win and $2.80 the place on UNITAB.

Unfortunately, the news was not as great for Fob Pocket who finished a disappointing fourth in the McDonalds Class 3 handicap. Fob Pocket went into the race as third favourite and even though he did put in a solid run, was no match for the winner Our Jim Beau.

In more racing news, former Gladstone jockey Brad Pengelly is in action at today's Eagle Farm meeting.

At this stage, Pengelly has three rides on the card, with the best ap- pearing to be the Bruce McLach- lan pair Just Ordained (race 3, no.1) and Streets of Fire (race 4, no.13).



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