A decisive front-running effort saw Wanganui local Perfect Harmonee score an overdue victory on his home patch on Saturday.
The talented five-year-old led from go to whoa in the hands of Rosie Myers as he defeated Hawera visitor Brother One by a length and half in the rating 75 1200m contest. Remarkably it was the same combination that filled the first two placings at the venue back in September 2017 when Perfect Harmonee had last found his way to the winner’s enclosure.
Trainer’s Evan and JJ Rayner have endured their share of frustrations with the Nadeem gelding who was stakes placed in the Listed Wanganui Guineas as a three-year-old. A tidy effort for second at his last start at Trentham hinted a victory was on the horizon.
“He came through his last race well and we thought he’d go a good race today,” said JJ Rayner after the win.
“We’re happy he has done that after our first few runners today were disastrous.”
Rayner was also pleased with the ride by jockey Rosie Myers who rated the horse to perfection.
“He jumped well as occasionally he doesn’t,” she said.
“She popped him out and got him in the best ground she could, and I think that was the winning of the race.”
Myers was quick to praise her mount as she registered her 73rd win for the season which sees her sitting in sixth place on the Jockey’s Premiership ladder.
“He is the sort of horse you can get a break on them with as he keeps going at the same speed,” she said.
“He sprung the gates, led up and showed a good kick.”
The victory took Perfect Harmonee’s record to five wins from 27 starts and a tick under $79,000 in career earnings. – NZ Racing Desk
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