Queensland galloper The Harrovian will tangle with the big guns in the All-Star Mile at The Valley next month

Toby Edmonds says he doesn’t know whether Queensland pin-up horse The Harrovian is good enough to beat some of his likely All-Star Mile rivals but “the only way to find out is on game day.”

The Harrovian, who has won 11 consecutive races in the Sunshine State, tuned up for his assault on Victorian spring riches by blowing out the cobwebs when finishing second in a Sunshine Coast trial on Tuesday.

The popular gelding was given a solid hitout, settling in fourth and just failing to reel in Paul Butterworth galloper Canapes over 1200m with the top two clearing away from the rest of the field by more than three lengths.

Edmonds, who co-trains with son Trent, was happy with what he saw in the trial and declared The Harrovian would run in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday week.

There he could tangle with the likes of Group 1 stars Arcadia Queen, Probabeel, Ole Kirk, Behemoth and Streets Of Avalon as a warm-up to the $5million All-Star Mile at Moonee Valley on March 13.

The Harrovian appears to have an All-Star Mile ticket safely in his keeping, sitting in sixth spot on the public voting ladder which gives the top 10 vote-getters automatic entry into the lucrative race ahead of the close of voting on Sunday.

Edmonds hopes The Harrovian can measure up to the big guns in Melbourne but concedes he can’t be certain and says it will be a learning experience.

The Group 1 winning trainer said if The Harrovian was going to be beaten and his winning streak ended, it might as well be against some of the best horses in Australia.

“Could he beat these kind of horses – I’m unsure,” Edmonds said.

“At the moment you would say he might be four of five lengths off some of the good ones but the only way to find out is on game day.

“It is an exercise that we wanted to take on and we will have him as right as we can to show what he can do.”

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The Harrovian’s regular rider in Queensland, Brad Stewart, will return from suspension to partner the gelding in the Futurity.

Ladbrokes have The Harrovian rated a $31 chance in latest All-Star Mile betting.

Originally published asQueensland’s pin-up horse tunes up for All-Star Mile tilt

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