Australian Cup winner Harlem (GB) heads to Rosehill and The Ranvet

Last Saturday's Group 1 Australian Cup winner Harlem (GB) will now head to Sydney for the $700,000, Group 1 WFA Ranvet Stakes (2000m) on the Longines Golden Slipper meeting at Rosehill on March 24th.

The Hayes and Dabernig trained Champs Elysees six-year-old gelding won the Australian Cup over 2000m at Flemington under a forceful rails ride by Michael Walker to win by a half-length over the favourite Galio Chop (FR) and stablemate Ventura Storm (IRE).

It was the first time Harlem had saluted since the Goup 3 Naturalism Stakes over 2000m at Caulfield back in September.

Harlem was the top selling horse at the 2016 Tattersalls Horses In Trainig Sale at Newmarket when signed for by Astute Bloodstock with Ventura Storm secured privately in England with both horses destined for the Hayes and Dabernig stable.

"These two horses were among our first ever European imports, they were both lightly raced stayers with a proven record at Group level and we felt that they would be successful in Australia," said Astute Bloodstock's Louis Le Metayer on Monday.

Saturday's win was Harlem's fourth overall from 20 starts and he has now earned stakes of $1,353,502 with the vast majority of that total earned in Australia.

The stablemate Ventura Storm, a five-year-old gelding by Zoffany, will likely join Harlem in Sydney where the Hayes and Daberbig stable are looking to establish a permanent base at Randwick with the $1.5m, Group 1 WFA H E Tancred Stakes (2400m) at Rosehill on March 31st his first target. 

While Ventura Storm is yet to win in Australia he was second to Winx in the 2017 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes over 2000m at Flemington and he was also second in the 2016 Group 1 English St Leger over 2917m at Doncaster showing he can run a trip.

Harlem (GB) and Michael Walker return to the winners stall at Flemington, picture