Tough draw for Charmed Harmony in 2016 Anniversary Vase Field

A big weight and a wide draw can be a recipe for disaster from the 1400m start at Caulfield.

Charmed Harmony will be out to prove that theory wrong when he lines-up in the Listed Anniversary Vase on Saturday.

Trainer John Sadler cannot fault the condition of Charmed Harmony heading into Saturday’s race for which he is the $5.50 favourite.

But Sadler did issue a warning with the noted front-runner.

“He’s not going to get any favours as he’s drawn a little bit too far off the track,” Sadler said.

“Probably Sistine Demon is going to go with him and it might set it up for something to come over them.

“From barrier 16, we’ll come into 13 after scratchings, I’ve got no choice with my horse.

“They can do a bit of work from the 1400 metres, especially if drawn out.”

Charmed Harmony heads into Saturday’s race off a last-start second to Black Heart Bart in the Group Three Victoria Handicap on March 26.

The Hussonet gelding is a dual winner over the 1400m Caulfield course and ran fifth in the Group One Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes over the course and distance last spring.

What Sadler would like to see is rain to take the edge off the track and although showers are forecast he’s not expecting them to have a dramatic effect.

But if it doesn’t fall then Sadler has confidence in track manager Jason Kerr having the track in perfect order.

“I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of rain, but he (Kerr) does seem to get the track pretty right.

“There won’t be any doubt it will be a good three, but he seems to be able to get the fire out of it.”

Sadler’s son, apprentice jockey Tom, takes the ride on Saturday after being aboard the gelding at his last start.

Young Sadler has been successful on Charmed Harmony in three of the gelding’s 12 career wins.


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