As talented Sea The Stars gelding Star Harbour lined up for the third race at Killarney on Wednesday, connections were asking themselves one question – will he be effective over a mile. The answer was an emphatic yes!
Although the Phoenix Thoroughbreds owned runner was weighted to be very competitive in the one mile rated race, there was some doubt whether the drop in trip would suit the three-year-old. Those were quickly dispelled as he ran out a comfortable winner under top-rider Colin Keane.
Ado McGuinness’ charge broke smartly from his inside draw and tucked in one length behind the early leader. Noticeably travelling well within his comfort zone, Keane eased his partner into clear air with a couple of furlongs to run before asking him to go and win his race. Star Harbour did precisely that, opening up a decent lead before being eased down to win by around two lengths and opening up some new options for his connections.
“He is entered in the Galway Mile, but three-year-olds don’t have a great record in it,” said Ado McGuinness post-race. “He’s in at the Curragh on Sunday as well over 1m2f. However, I’m not inclined to run him back quick unless the handicapper slaughters him, and he might go straight to Galway
“I’d say he just didn’t stay the last day at Down Royal and we put the visor on him to sharpen him up as he is very laid-back and lazy at home.
“That’s the way he is, but he has loads of ability and is a smashing horse and I think he’ll improve again. I think he’ll go places.”