A Sydney race in three weeks will decide emerging four-year-old Nothin’ Like Harry’s immediate future.
Albury trainer Garry Worsnop will contest the Highway Handicap at Rosehill on November 24.
“(Jockey) Blaike (McDougall) and myself will work it out after that, what direction we take, whether we go for the (Country) Championships or the Albury and Wagga (Gold) Cups,” he said.
Nothin’ Like Harry has already tackled Albury’s feature event, finishing 13th in a physical race over the 2000m in March.
It was only his fourth start and just five weeks after debuting.
Worsnop later said he could’t walk for two weeks after the “bashing” he received.
(Jockey) Blaike (McDougall) and myself will work it out after that, what direction we take, whether we go for the (Country) Championships or the Albury and Wagga (Gold) Cups.Garry Worsnop
“I don’t think he learnt anything out of it, it was just one more run for the (Murrumbidgee Turf Club) Guineas, that was enough for him, that was his target,” he said.
“I didn’t think I’d get a run (in the Cup) because there were about 60 noms (nominations), it was just a fluke, it wasn’t even his target.”
It’s the only time in his six starts he’s finished out of a place, which includes three wins and $61,000 in prizemoney, including a last-start effort at Albury last Saturday.
“It was a super effort, (he carried) 62 kilos on his back first-up over 1400m, it was a pretty tough effort,” Worsnop said.
“He can sprint now, which shows he’s maturing in his races.”
The Country Championships enter their fifth year in 2019.
There’s seven qualifying races at a club representing one region in NSW, with a ‘wildcard’ event providing another opportunity to contest the tremendously successful concept.
Each race is worth $150,000, with the winners and runner-up winning through to the $500,000 Country Championships Final at Randwick on April 6.
That will be run over 1400m, the same distance Nothin’ Like Harry claimed last week after a six-month spell, although 2000m is his best distance.
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