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Trainer Mike Moroney has not ruled out backing up imported stayer Glass Harmonium in next week’s Group Two Brisbane Cup following his win in the Eagle Farm Cup.

Glass Harmonium was allowed to find his feet early by jockey Lisa Cropp before being taken to the front and holding on for a decisive two-length win over Shoot Out in Saturday’s 2200m Group Two feature.

Doomben Cup winner Scenic Shot made up ground after being forced wide on the home turn to fill the minor placing, a further 1-1/2 lengths away.

Moroney believed Glass Harmonium had been unlucky in his previous two Australian starts when placed in both the Group Two Hollindale Stakes at the Gold Coast and the Group One Doomben Cup.

“He had to go back to England after he was in Hong Kong and has virtually been around the world twice before he got here,” Moroney said.

“I’m tossing up about running him in the Brisbane Cup next Saturday but I’ll wait and see the weights when they are released next week.

“It’s a qualifying race for the Melbourne Cup.”

Moroney knew Glass Harmonium was going to be hard to run down in front once Cropp settled the five-year-old.

“He mustered up well after he jumped and then relaxed and got his breathing into the right rhythm,” he said.

“I thought at the 800 metres he was really travelling and would be hard to run down.”

Moroney will nominate Glass Harmonium for both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups in the spring.

Before the race, Moroney believed the Group One Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley in October would be the logical race in the spring for Glass Harmonium.

“I’m not so sure now and I think the Caulfield Cup would probably be a better race for him than the Cox Plate,” he said.

Cropp was always confident Glass Harmonium would break through for his maiden victory in Australia.

“It was a super run. He relaxed beautifully at the 600 metres and then quickened up again and sustained it,” Cropp said.

“I let him find his feet when they jumped and he proved he’s the real deal.”

Trainer John Wallace offered no excuses for Shoot Out’s defeat.

Shoot Out was given every opportunity with a copybook ride from Glen Colless but was no match for the winner.

“He was just beaten by a better one on the day,” Wallace said.

Wallace will spell Shoot Out immediately and is likely to send him back to Melbourne for a spring campaign.


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