Harlem Blues back in the winning groove at Sandown

Progressive 3YO HARLEM BLUES bounced back to winning ways in eye-catching fashion with a cosy success at Sandown Hillside on Easter Monday.

The son of Your Song overcame a tardy start to record a well-deserved first metropolitan win, getting the better of multiple city winner Lady Solly by a narrow margin under a confident Michael Poy ride.

Having sat out the back in the early stages, Harlem Blues was always within striking distance of the leaders and showed good acceleration when the gap presented itself, much to the delight of winning co-trainer Peter Snowden.

“It ended up being a good ride,” he told Harlem Blues’ owners in his post-race debrief. “They set off at a fast pace and he (Michael Poy) judged the pace well.

“He let him find his feet, travelled well down the hill and went for a gap in between horses. There wasn’t much room there, but once he got his head through away he went, and he won quite convincingly in the end.

“It was a good confidence booster for him and it’s good to see him putting his head down and having a bit of a crack. Now the gelding is starting to kick in he will get more and more genuine as time goes on, but that was a good result today.”

Harlem Blues and Michael Poy fly through the line – Racing Photos

The longer gap between runs certainly seemed to suit Harlem Blues and all credit to the team at Snowden Racing Flemington for having him in tip top order.

A big congratulations to all his owners on what was a terrific win, with a special mention to his breeder and part-owner Chris Handley, who was at Sandown to cheer his pride and joy home!

Harlem Blues and Michael Poy return to scale following their win at Sandown – Racing Photos