Harpley to miss Breeders Challenge semis for ball

PRIOR ENGAGEMENT: Trainer-driver Bruce Harpley will be watching on from the Junee Debutante Ball when Rubies For Tash, pictured, and Tiwanaku race in NSW Breeders Challenge semi-finals at Menangle on Saturday night.

PRIOR ENGAGEMENT: Trainer-driver Bruce Harpley will be watching on from the Junee Debutante Ball when Rubies For Tash, pictured, and Tiwanaku race in NSW Breeders Challenge semi-finals at Menangle on Saturday night.

Junee trainer Bruce Harpley will be watching on from afar when Rubies For Tash and Tiwanaku race at Menangle on Saturday.

Both three-year-olds will line up in heats of the NSW Breeders Challenge, looking to qualify for the $150,000 final later this month.

However, Harpley will be in Junee to watch daughter Madi in the debutante ball.

Stan Hedlund and Molly Turton will take the horses to Menangle with Jim Douglass to drive both.

Neither horse has never not been driven by Harpley in a race, however Douglass enjoyed plenty of success with the dam of Rubies For Tash, Roses For Tash including three wins at Harold Park.

Harpley joked it was a “win-win situation”.

“If they go good I’ll be happy as Larry and if they go bad I won’t have to drive all the way home as I’m already here,” Harpley said.

Both Rubies For Tash and Tiwanaku qualified at Young last month with Rubies For Tash winning her heat while Tiwanaku was second behind The Ides Of March.

Rubies For Tash has drawn barrier five, however former Young pacer Dont Think Twice has drawn to her inside with Lyn Hancock’s Destiny Belle in seven.

Tiwanaku has drawn 14.

In the other the semi-finals The Ides Of March will be the widest horse on the front row for Matthew Harris while Wayne Sullivan has drawn four with Jovial Rock.

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