Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
Massive Odds on All Races!
Sign-up and start betting with PlayUp in 2 minutes!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Search
 
Image: Steve Hart
Harpo Marx has cemented his place on Bjorn Baker's carnival team with his Premier's Cup triumph

Bjorn Baker is the first to admit he didn’t think much of Harpo Marx when the former European first arrived at his stable, but he has been quick to change his opinion.

The gelding took his record to three wins from six starts this campaign and passed his first stakes-grade test with flying colours with victory in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2000m) at Kembla Grange on Saturday.

It has taken him several preparations to discover his current vein of form, which is a world away from the limited talent he demonstrated upon arrival.

“I must say, when I gave him his first few gallops from Europe, I thought, ‘we’re in a bit of trouble here’,” Baker said.

“But he kept improving. You never know with these horses, look after them, give them time, they keep getting better and better, stronger and stronger.

“I think he is going to be well suited in a race like the Newcastle Cup and maybe a race like the Metrop.”

Harpo Marx ($4.40 fav) relished a significant weight drop to finish strongly under Ms Rachel King and down fellow Darby Racing syndication Spirit Ridge ($4.80) by a head.

Inverloch ($10) was another three-quarters of a length away in third.

King has enjoyed a good association with Harpo Marx and was rapt to see him rise to the occasion in black-type company.

“This preparation compared to last prep, he has improved no end and being an import, I think he is still progressing,” King said.

“We haven’t seen the best of him yet. I’m really happy to see him get his head in front in this company.”

Pre-race fancy Heart Of Puissance was scratched 40 minutes prior to the Premier’s Cup on veterinary advice after he was found to be lame.

 
*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Emily Lang rides five from five at second race day outing

Which rider, having only her second day of race riding, came out as a 4kg claimer for five rides and...

Melbourne Cup winner Rogan Josh dies

Melbourne Cup winner Rogan Josh has died following colic-related complications. Rogan Josh was Bart Cummings’ 11th Melbourne Cup winner and had...

Watch 📺 Nature Strip smashes rivals at Royal Ascot

It was ten years since the last Australian horse won at Royal Ascot, and what a day that was with...

Multiple G1 winners racing career in doubt

The racing career of dual Derby winner Hitotsu hangs in the balance following an injury that will see him miss this year’s...

Verry Elleegant to race on in France

Verry Elleegant remains a chance to contest this year’s Arc de Triomphe after Thursday night’s shock announcement that she would be...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

 
 

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.
18+ Don't let the game play you. Stay in control. Gamble responsibly. Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au or www.gamblinghelponline.org.au.