Trainer David Harrison is building a strong strike-rate in feature races this season but he’s not getting carried away ahead of the G2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) on Saturday.
The Bridge Patrol Lodge boss won the G3 WA Oaks with Lunar Impact last Saturday and he commenced the Easter long-weekend with Media Baron making it back-to-back victories in the LR Old Comrade Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on Good Friday.
Harrison saddles the Karrakatta Plate favourite Pat’s Got Sass and is hoping for a change of fortune in WA’s No.1 nursery. He has fallen short in recent editions with Chix Pic (Patronize) and unplaced favourites Jericho Missile (Smart Missile) and Gemma’s Son (Snippetson).
“It’s been a bogey race for me and it’s been a bit disappointing,” Harrison said as Media Baron returned to scale this afternoon. “But I’m not going to get too keyed up – otherwise I won’t sleep tonight. Whatever happens, happens.”
Pat’s Got Sass held her ground as a $5.50 favourite for the Karrakatta after drawing an inside gate from the 1200m start. She is by Darling View Thoroughbreds sire Patronize (Redoute’s Choice) who also sired Mystic Maid to finish second in the 2015 Karrakatta, albeit by four lengths, behind Lucky Street who, ironically, now stands alongside Patronize in Mundijong.
“She’s the biggest 2yo I’ve ever trained and has been a natural since Day 1,” Harrison declared after a dominant debut at Ascot on March 10. “For a filly that size, she’s so balanced and just glides over ground.”
Pat’s Got Sass is a homebred for Darling View’s Atwell family and she’s a full-sister to LR Perth Stakes winner Chix Pic who finished fifth in the 2018 Karrakatta. Their dam Sassy Flyer (Due Sasso) is a half-sister to Listed winners McLurch (Hannans Hcp) and Raw Metal (Ruabon Sprint).
The Darling View roster holds a formidable hand in the Karrakatta. Besides the favourite, it has RL Magic Millions Classic winner Ex Sport Man (Playing God) and Magic Millions fourth Sneaky Chance (I’m All The Talk).