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THE HARROVIAN - A STORY OF LOVING CARE, POSITIVE PERSEVERANCE AND A NEVER-SAY-DIE WILL TO WIN

By Graham Potter | Thursday, October 8, 2020

he Harrovian’s exhilarating win at Eagle Farm on Saturday was his eighth win in a row and his eleventh from thirteen starts for trainer Stephen Massingham. (He finished second in the two starts in which he was beaten).

By any standards, Massingham has done an amazing job with the now seven-year-old son of Fastnet Rock but, when you hear the back-story, their run of achievement reaches greater heights.

The Harrovian started his career in Victoria where he scored three wins from fourteen starts in the two years from May 2016 to May 2018 … before he changed stables moving from Jim Conlan to the Massingham yard.

“The horse himself … character-wise and that … was never a problem, but he has been prone to have something go wrong with him all of the time,” said Massingham.

“When we got him from down south, he got travel sickness on the way up … so badly that we didn’t think he was going to survive,” continued Massingham. “So, I think it was about the first seven weeks that he spent in Queensland that he was at the vet in Brisbane.

“He came good and we got him home and put him in the paddock. Then he won his first start over 1250m in a Class 3 in Cairns (on March 16, 2019). Then he ran second in an Open Handicap at Townsville … and then won another two in a row before finishing second the North Queensland Cup (on June 27, 2019).

That was the last time The Harrovian tasted defeat.

“In that preparation he won all of those Cups before he went to the paddock again,” said Massingham.

‘All of those Cups’ being a Townsville Cup (on July 27, 2019), a Cairns Cup (on August 10, 2019 and a Cairns Amateurs Cup (on September 14).
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“I brought him back … I think it was early February and he got a chest infection and he was at the vet for four days. Then he came back and won those first two starts with those big weights.”

Interesting to note here is The Harrovian’s weight carrying capacity. In that first-up win following a seven month layoff The Harrovian gave the second placed runner, the $1.75 favourite Love Is Blind, 10.5kg at the weights (65.5kg to 55kg) and a 2.75 length beating on the track.

The Harrovian started at $10 that day … a price about his chances that has not been seen again!

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Brad Stewart brings The Harrovian back to scale after his victory at Eagle Farm
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... and in for the fight when it mattered most
... and in for the fight when it mattered most
Photos: Graham Potter
Photos: Graham Potter
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