Harmysian, the galloper who provides his trainer Clayton Douglas with an ongoing challenge due to his allergies, rewarded him with a victory in the Kyneton Cup and secured him a spot in the Country Cup Final (2000m) at Caulfield on November 18.
Douglas said Harmysian was allergic to oats, sheep and trees.
The victory was also testament to Douglas’ training skills as he was third-up from a long spell after he suffered a small fracture in his leg when he contested last year’s Herbert Power Stakes.
“He’s a ripper, he’s come back off a long break. It’s good to get a result for OTI,” Douglas said.
“It’s also good to combine with my good mate Jye McNeil. He was down in the weights today and he’s had a couple of runs back and he was able to sprint well. He’s a nice quality staying horse at his best and it was a good ride by Jye.”
It gave Douglas his first big country Cups success as a trainer and was his 50th winner since he started training three years ago.
It was also McNeil’s first Kyneton Cup and he said it was great to get a win for Douglas.
He said Douglas provided invaluable insight into the horse as he rode him in trackwork.
McNeil said Harmysian was slow to begin and he decided to follow Craig Williams on the favourite Red Sun Sensation.
“We got off his back and we were able to slingshot off the bend,” McNeil said.
Harmysian ($8) defeated Red Sun Sensation ($1.95 fav) by three-quarters of a length with Station One ($15) a length and a quarter away third.
The above is an excerpt of Michael Manley’s Racing.com article and can be read in full here.