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Harness racing blackbookers March 8-14 - Three horses to follow from WA harness racing

Trent Orwin in Harness 15 Mar 2017
  • Three horses to add to the blackbook from the past week's harness racing action
Gloucester Park harness racing (Credit: Jodie Hallows)

There was plenty of quality harness racing in WA over the past week and here are three horses to follow and add to the blackbook for future meetings.

A potential Group 1-winning filly makes the blackbook this week along with two horses who performed well first-up from a spell. 

Tarsao – 2nd at Northam on March 9

The Bryan Cousins-trained six-year-old gelding returned from an eight-month absence to contest a C4+ at Northam over 2190m. 

Facing the breeze for most of the event, Tarsao put Tank You Kindly away quickly but was passed by Northern Emperor with around 300m left to travel. Tarsao would fight back to grab Northern Emperor on the line but the pair had been run down by Rocky Marciano.

Tarsao wouldn’t be 100 per cent fit yet so will derive plenty of benefit from that run and the way he fought back against Northern Emperor who is a bit of a Northam specialist was excellent to see.

He will win a similar race when leading and may be able to do it outside the leader also when he gets fitter. 

Jaxon Fella – 6th at Gloucester Park on March 10

Matthew Scott’s seven-year-old gelding Jaxon Fella returned from a brief spell and was once again hit with a bad barrier draw – something this horse is accustomed to throughout his WA career.

He was caught four-wide early and restrained to last where he would race 1 out 5 back; a position which was going to be impossible for him to overcome.

Jaxon Fella hit the line really well to finish sixth, beaten 9.6m by Atlastalone. 

Wait for him to draw a positive gate in similar grade or to face easier company because this horse can bob up at odds.

Cott Beach – 1st at Gloucester Park on March 13

A couple of weeks ago Tenielle Erin, a two-year-old filly, made the blackbook and now it is another in the form of Cott Beach for trainer Gary Elson.

Winning a two-year-old event by 27m on Monday, Cott Beach showed her class finding the lead and racing away from her opposition over the sprint-journey. She sprinted home in 56.5 seconds which is very quick for a two-year-old around this track and she looks very smart.

At this stage both Cott Beach and Tenielle Erin are the benchmark and these fillies have Group 1-class about them; Westbred features look ideal and don’t be surprised to see either (or both) contesting the Golden Slipper later in the year if they can continue to progress because they have a stack of speed. 

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