Brothers dare of cup dream
BROTHERS Greg and Mark Harvison’s dream to have a Grafton Cup runner continues at Lismore tomorrow when Tzanann steps up to 2000m for the first time.
Prepared by Phil McLeod, the four-year-old tackles the Laurie Predebon Truck Repairs & Southside Pharmacy Benchmark Handicap with stable jockey Craig Franklin in the saddle.
Greg Harvison, a Grafton builder, bred the son of Mr. Innocent and Wymston Star, a Hemisphere mare that won eight races and finished third to Cross Swords in the 1992 Grafton Cup (2300m).
Mark Harvison is resident professional at Grafton golf course.
McLeod has been extremely patient with Tzanann, the gelding having just 10 starts for a win and two third’s.
It was only after Tzanann won a 1600m maiden impressively last July that McLeod really started to believe the owners dream.
“He just relaxes so well in his races,” McLeod said. “After he won his maiden we put him away, gave him more time to develop.
“He’s come back stronger but in my opinion he’s still got to mature more and toughen up to be a real stayer.
“I don’t think he’ll make it to the cup this year, next year maybe, but I’d be happy if he proved me wrong. That would be fantastic.
“He’s going in the right direction though. I like the horse, always have.
“On Sunday he finally gets up to a distance that will suit him. Certainly he’s way up in grade but has got no weight on his back (54kg) and I’m happy with what he’s done on the track.”
Last start, the gelding, fourth up, suffered interference in the straight when 3.3 lengths ninth to Havana Wind over 1610m at Grafton on March 15.
“He should have nearly won last start,” McLeod maintained. “He got badly checked just when he was warming up and lost momentum.
“He’s pretty close to being right.”
McLeod will also saddle up last start Grafton winner Black Katana in the Laser Electrical Benchmark 50 Handicap (1300m).
“He’s very honest and will be competitive,” McLeod suggested.