Usmanov to contest the Listed Bob Hoysted Handicap

The Team Edmonds stable have been buoyed by the official confirmation on Friday that cult hero The Harrovian had gained a start in the $5 million All-Star Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley on March 13.

Part-owner Stephen Massingham phoned Trent Edmonds at trackwork at the Gold Coast on Friday to deliver the good news.

“It was absolutely smashing down with rain and had been an ordinary morning but that bit of news certainly brightened up the day,” Edmonds said.

“He has his first run down there on Saturday at Flemington in a Group Three 1400 metre race, which I think is a smart move to duck those stars in the Futurity.

“We didn’t want to gut him first up. If he can win on Saturday that would be great and we can go on to the All-Star Mile full of confidence.

“I just thought that would be the smart play on a nice, big track at Flemington where he can be ridden steady and let rip to the line.”

The Harrovian was joined in Melbourne by stablemate Usmanov who will contest the Listed ATA/Bob Hoysted Handicap (1000m) at Flemington on Saturday.

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