Darby discovering success with European stayers


Spirit Ridge has been a summer time success story whereas Harpo Marx, which is a son of Galileo out of flying Australian mare Nechita, has began to ship with a few wins this preparation after being gelded and can search for a Saturday win at Rosehill on the weekend.

“We didn’t purchase him due to Nechita. Hubie stated he was the correct sort of horse after he ran second to Il Paradiso [with Yonkers third] in Eire and stated he would possibly find yourself in a sale,” Darby stated. “A few months later he did.

“If you purchase out of Coolmore, you already know that you’re getting a pleasant horse. They need them to be group 1 horses over there, and in the event that they’re lower than it they promote them.

“We simply need a horse on the proper worth that would win possibly a stakes race right here, so our expectations are decrease.”

Harpo Marx received his maiden at Tipperary earlier than ending midfield within the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot and was then fully outclassed behind Stradivarius within the Goodwood Cup in 2019.

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“After we acquired him right here he was actually dour, however after we gelded him he has acquired a little bit of velocity in his legs,” Darby stated.

“He received these two in a row after which final time he didn’t see the horses on his inside. He’s the form of bloke that switches off when he finds the entrance however will struggle if one thing comes at him.

“Rachel [King] is aware of him fairly properly and he or she thinks he can win at 2000m, so we’re hopeful heading into Saturday.”