It is always hard to assess the merits of foreign form on British shores, particularly that of Australian racing which could hardly be more different in terms of attitude and ground.
However, Aidan O’Brien and the Coolmore team obviously believe Haradasun can cut the mustard in this hemisphere or they would not have gone to the trouble of shipping the five-year-old halfway around the world.
Haradasun’s pedigree offers much encouragement with the Fusaichi Pegasus horse a half-brother to the globe-trotting Elvstroem and he has some good runs in the book.
He won back-to-back Group Ones at Rosehill and Randwick in 2007 before not being beaten too far by the likes of Apache Cat, El Segundo and Miss Finland subsequently.
Haradasun seems to handle pretty much any conditions and connections have obviously targeted this Group One, which is usually one of the weakest of the year, as a perfect starting point.
Colony can land the totescoop6 London Gold Cup following a successful seasonal bow at Sandown.
A typically lighted-raced sort from Sir Michael Stoute’s yard, the three-year-old triumphed in a competitive event at the end of last month.
That was just his third career start and he looks one to keep on the right side of.
Four Miracles can make full use of his featherweight in the betinternet.com Stakes at Newmarket, while Thirsk’s Scarborough Handicap looks a good opportunity for Orpenindeed.
Storyland broke her maiden at Redcar earlier this month and can make it a quick double in the Profile Fillies’ Handicap at Doncaster.
Noticeable might not have hit the heights on the level but he can strike over obstacles in the JT Hughes Handicap Hurdle at Bangor.
Charmahal looks tailor-made for summer jumping and can open his account in the Nick Lovett Another One Bites The Dust Handicap Chase at Uttoxeter.
Angus Newz must give weight away to all her rivals in Sunday’s C.B. Hutchinson Memorial Challenge Cup but Mick Quinn’s speedball has more than enough toe to get the job done at Ripon.
This mare possesses a fine strike-rate, having won nine times from 41 starts, with connections celebrating at least two wins per season since she began her career as a juvenile.
There should be plenty more corks to pop this term if her first two sighters are anything to go by as Angus Newz has shown up well behind the likes of Sonny Red and Bentong.
While this event poses a different question, there is no doubt she is the class horse in the race and must be backed as a three-time Listed winner taking on lesser lights.
Loita Hills possesses more than a smattering of ability and looks ready to hit the bullseye once again in the RacingUK.TV Novices’ Handicap Chase at Market Rasen.