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Coolmore Stud Stakes For Hardline
The Liam Birchley-trained Karaka Million winner Hardline (Showcasing-Midnight Breaker, by Housebuster) will be set for the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Derby day (October 31), reports NZ Racing Desk. The 3YO son of Showcasing has been absent from the track since landing New Zealand's richest race in January. Birchley said Hardline was likely to begin his 3YO campaign in Queensland with the Coolmore Stud Stakes the principal target this preparation. "I missed the winter carnival purposely with him because his racing pattern is not suited to Doomben. I will more than likely start him off somewhere soft if I can because he has had a bit of time on the sidelines." Hardline has won 2 wins of his 3 starts for $532,552 prize money.