Harlem Luya back in the winning groove at the first attempt

Talented filly HARLEM LUYA got her preparation off to the best possible start on Saturday, coming from the clouds under a perfectly-timed Brandon Griffiths ride to get up in the shadows of the post.

The daughter of Dissident was dead last turning for home but showed a smart turn of foot in the straight to record her third career victory at Kembla Grange.

On what was her first start since September, Harlem Luya was squeezed out the back upon leaving the barriers and settled into stride at the rear of the field.

She travelled kindly throughout the 1200m contest and as they turned for home, Brandon Griffiths elected to bring Harlem Luya across heels and to the outside in what proved to be a race-wining move.

Harlem Luya took care of the rest, showing her customary guts and determination to run down the leaders in what was an eye-catching performance.

Harlem Luya and Brandon Griffiths return to scale following her gutsy first-up win: Bradley Photos


“Gee that was a big effort today,” a delighted Peter Snowden told Harlem Luya’s owners in his post-race report.

“We didn’t real want to be there (at the back), but she got squeezed at the start. We wanted to be in the first five or six, but so did everything else in the race and Brandon did the right thing. It paid dividends to sit back, ride her quietly and just have one shot at them.

“True to her form she was really good late. She never stopped trying and while she only got up by a small margin, the effort was outstanding.

“She’s in for another good prep this time through.”

A cracking start to Harlem Luya’s preparation and credit goes to the team at Snowden Racing for having her ready to win first-up from a spell.

Well done also to Brandon Griffiths on a superbly-timed ride and congratulations to all her owners!

Harlem Luya was turned out in terrific order by her strapper Ella! – Bradley Photos