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Harlow Gold to have new rider for Oaks
03 Apr 2017Harlow Gold (Tavistock x Belongs in Lights) will have a jockey other than Regan Bayliss for the first time when she bids to go one better in the ATC Australian Oaks than the Victorian equivalent.

Bayliss has ridden Harlow Gold in her 10 starts, including her second in last spring's VRC Oaks at Flemington, but was suspended for careless riding in an eventful finish to the Gr.1 Vinery Stud Stakes in which Harlow Gold finished third.

Mark Zahra takes over on Harlow Gold in Saturday's Oaks (2400m) at Randwick and the filly shares the second line of betting with Vinery runner-up Nurse Kitchen at $6.

"I think she's right on track," co-trainer Tom Dabernig said.

"She handled the wet the other day and we know she runs the trip so you've got to think she's got a chance.

"We tried to set her for the Oaks. She was terrific in the VRC Oaks, it was just that tearaway leader (Lasqueti Spirit) who she couldn't peg back.

"I'd say, without seeing the final field, she would have to be one of the top three or four chances."

Harlow Gold will gallop on the Randwick course proper on Tuesday and Dabernig said the filly had come through the Vinery well.

"I think she's improved," he said.

Trelawney Stud are offering a full brother to Harlow Gold at this week's Inglis Easter Sale.  To be offered as lot 54, the pedigree can be viewed here.