Caulfield races: Harbour Views out to bolster spring chances

Matthew Williams has done the provisional calculations, but there’s nothing like certainty – if there is such a thing in racing.

Harbour Views’ reality is that his rating of 94, while impressive in the context of a career a mere nine starts old, might not be sufficient to gain entry to the spring features Williams covets.

Hence the decision to send the import to Caulfield on Saturday for the Neds Handicap (2000m) in pursuit of a seventh victory and a ratings boost.

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Harbour Views needs to lift his rating to be a contender in the spring features. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

“That’s the plan, to try and get his rating up a bit more,” Williams.

“Around the 95 mark, he’d probably get into a Feehan Stakes and he gets a chance to get into the Cox Plate but he’d probably be borderline if the internationals come out to Australia.

“In that scenario, he could be pushed out of a Feehan Stakes.”

Win or lose at Caulfield, Harbour Views is destined for a brief spell.

“He’ll have 10 weeks out but he’ll spend a couple of weeks on the water walker, not doing too much,” Williams said. “He’ll be in a two-acre paddock with Gailo Chop every day and we’re happy to keep him around the stables.

“We’ll keep his fitness up so we can have him ready to come back in August.”

Williams believes there is scope for improvement after Harbour Views’ hollow 2040m victory at The Valley.

Trainer Matthew Williams will send Harbour Views for a spell after Saturday. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

“He seems to be coping better with the racing, he’s seems be handling it better with maturity and bit more toughness,” he said.

“He can definitely bounce off and there can be improvement in it.

“He was having a bit of a look around at Moonee Valley and if he had something to chase he could have gone a few lengths better.

“I don’t mind where he’s drawn at Caulfield (10 of 11), we can ride him a pair further back. Let him slide up down the side and be within a length or so of the lead on the turn.

“That style should suit him where he can build from the 600m.”

Originally published asSpring hopeful chasing vital ratings boost

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