Former Victorian mare Luminous Harmony will take a small step towards being part of Magic Millions day in January if she can break through for her maiden Queensland win at Doomben.
Luminous Harmony will line up for her seventh start under Gold Coast trainer Bryan Guy in Wednesday’s Queensland Council Of Unions Handicap (1350m).
The five-year-old began her career in Melbourne with Mick Price before placing once in four starts for Andrew Noblet.
Luminous Harmony has been ridden for pace throughout most of her career but Guy may have found the key to riding the daughter of Fastnet Rock who has been allowed to find her own rhythm in the early stages.
Luminous Harmony, who is eligible for a class three, was ridden quietly at her last two starts in class six company when a solid-finishing sixth over 1350 metres at Doomben on August 6 and a fast-finishing third to Catashee under similar conditions a fortnight later.
“She’s a nice filly who has been finding the line well since we’ve ridden her back in the field,” Guy said.
“I was a bit disappointed with her when she was ridden for speed so we changed things around a little and it’s worked.”
Guy, who has booked Larry Cassidy to replace apprentice Mitchell Wood, is confident Luminous Harmony can break through for her first win in Queensland and her fourth in a 19-start career.
“Her last run when she finished third was in a Saturday class six and she drops to a class four at the midweeks,” Guy said.
“If she goes well she’ll run next in a 1350-metre race for fillies and mares in 10 days then she’ll go for a short break to get ready for the big fillies and mares race on Magic Millions day.”
Guy won’t just be relying on Luminous Harmony as he also has strong claims with Whispering Gap in the BERT/CIPQ Handicap (1350m) and Executive Offer in the United Voice Plate (1200m).
Whispering Gap will need to overcome a horror barrier 12 if the four-year-old is to continue his recent good form.
The son of Arena has won three of his past four starts including his last start win in a 1300-metre class three at Eagle Farm on August 24.
“He’s got a bad alley but it’s a good start at the 1350 metres so hopefully it won’t be too bad,” Guy said.
“He was given 57 kilos again but he comes in well at the weights with the three-kilo claim for Priscilla Schmidt.”
Guy conceded Executive Officer will need luck go his way after drawing the outside barrier 16 in the final race.
Executive Officer has started nine times for two wins and three placings but hasn’t raced since finishing sixth in a class three Plate at the Gold Coast on June 4.
“He’s coming along well and has had a jump out to prepare him first-up but he’ll need a lot of luck from his bad alley,” Guy said.