Kerrin McEvoy will take the reins, and pacifiers and a blindfold will be used to help get the best out of Glass Harmonium in the Turnbull Stakes.
The Mike Moroney-trained import is one of 19 entries for Sunday’s 2000-metre Group One set weights and penalties event at Flemington.
Field capacity is 18 but there will be no need for an emergency as Turnbull nomination King’s Rose will run in Saturday’s Epsom Handicap at Randwick.
Trusting is also expected to miss the Turnbull and run in The Metropolitan in Sydney.
Moroney said Glass Harmonium caused some concern last start when he got revved up at the barrier before the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield and is hopeful that the blindfold and pacifiers will help calm his nerves.
He said the horse had never had a blindfold in Australia but had worn one at the barriers when he raced in England and Hong Kong.
“We were warned he had a bit of a barrier problem but he seemed to be over it until last start when he got pretty uptight at the back of the gates,” Moroney said.
He said the blindfold had been a proven remedy for the horse and pacifiers should be an extra aid on Sunday.
“He can get a little bit nervous and they are just to help him calm him down.”
In the Underwood, Glass Harmonium, ridden by Lisa Cropp, was pushed to lead from a wide barrier and finished fourth, 3-1/2 lengths behind the winner Lion Tamer.
The performance was the first time he had missed a top three finish in six Australian starts.
At his previous run he settled fourth and was a half-length second to Littorio when resuming in the Group Two Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.
“First-up he was terrific and we thought there was merit in his last run,” Moroney said.
He said he would wait on the barrier draw before deciding Turnbull riding tactics.
“His pattern in England was that he used to get back but he has found the lead here a couple of times when there was no speed on and it adds another dimension to him,” Moroney said.
Moroney said the Turnbull would determine Glass Harmonium’s path for the rest of the spring.
TAB Sportsbet has quoted him at $21 for both the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate and he is at $41 for the Melbourne Cup.
Meanwhile, Caulfield Cup favourite December Draw will line up in the Turnbull after being assured of a start.
Trainer Mark Kavanagh had also entered the former English galloper for Friday night’s JRA Cup (2040m) and Sunday’s The Bart Cummings (2500m) fearing he may get balloted from the Turnbull.
Kavanagh said December Draw, who was a last-start winner of the Group Three Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield, continued to improve.
“His coat is just starting to turn now and he is just starting to come right,” Kavanagh said.
Trainer Robert Hickmott has entered five horses in the Turnbull for owner Lloyd Williams, including Underwood Stakes third placegetter Midas Touch and Naturalism runner-up At First Sight.
Linton, Mourayan and 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient are his other entries.
Efficient finished 10th in the Underwood which was his first run since winning the 2009 Turnbull Stakes.
The Bart Cummings-trained Precedence, Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes winner Rekindled Interest, Australian Cup placegetter Playing God, Southern Speed and Alcopop are among others nominated.
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