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Irish jockey to make first Flemington foray

Irish jockey to make first Flemington foray
Martin Harley. Photo: Getty Images.
Ben Dorries Article Author
Ben Dorries11:59AM13 September 2019

Group I-winning Irish rider Martin Harley will make his Aussie metropolitan riding debut on Saturday and Tony Gollan believes he will be perfectly suited to riding Niedorp down the famous Flemingtonstraight in the Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m).

Harley, who rode on a short-term contract in Hong Kong last season, has five Group I wins to his name including a Royal Ascot triumph on Goldream in the King's Stand Stakes.

The former champion British apprentice has his first Australian rides at Swan Hill on Friday but will make his city debut at Flemington on Saturday.

Brisbane trainer Gollan has two fillies racing in the Cap D’Antibes – Vincere Volare ($9) and Niedorp ($21) with Harley set to partner the later.

It will be Harley's only ride at Flemington on Saturday.

Gollan is happy to use 30-year-old Harley and doesn’t expect navigating the Flemington straight will pose any issues for him.

“If you watch the footage of him (Harley) he is very accomplished and coming from the UK he is used to riding on big long tracks so I don’t think Flemington will hold too many problems for this guy,” Gollan said.

“He just came recommended from a few guys, he is just about to kick off riding in Australia.

“I just decided I would give him an opportunity as he is young and keen and he wants to get going in Australia.”

Niedorp was beaten first-up at Eagle Farm last start, only run down late, but Gollan is hoping to ride the filly a different way at Flemington.

“I’m desperately looking to try to cover her up at some stage and let her switch down and finish off,” Gollan said.

“This might be an opportunity for her to do that depending on how fast the horses are around her.

“I’d love her to be able to jump out and just find the back of something and relax and come off and give a kick.”

Vincere Volare was last seen finishing down the track in the Golden Slipper and before that she finished third behind Tenley in the Group II Reisling Stakes at Randwick.

“I think she handled a good strong 1200(m) at Randwick on good ground so that holds her in good stead to run 1100m at Flemington on good ground,” Gollan said. 

“She is a high speed filly, nothing too much worries her.

“I think the straight wont be a problem for her, she will be up on speed somewhere and she will be very strong all the way.”

Gollan indicated stable star Zoustyle, who disappointed in last Saturday's Concorde Stakes, had now travelled to Melbourne and would next be seen in a Listed race over 1200m at Caulfield on September 29.

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