Harding stable mourn loss of country cups king Strathlachlan Andy

Geoff Harding with Strathlachlan Andy
Geoff Harding with Strathlachlan Andy

A win at Newcastle was little consolation for Bobs Farm trainer Geoff Harding and his family on Saturday night after the death of stable star Strathlachlan Andy only two hours earlier.

Roll With Lachlan won race nine at Newcastle for Geoff and his son Matthew, who drove the two-year-old. 

It came after eight-year-old gelding Strathlachlan Andy fell with a broken leg when approaching the home bend at Cranbourne. The winner of 26 races and stakes of $185,598 in 73 starts was put down on the track.

The Hardings, who also owned the pacer, had sent him to Victoria to trainer Michael Stanley to chase more suitable races. He won at Melton a week earlier and was having his third start for Stanley on Saturday night.

“He’s the best horse I’ve ever had,” Geoff said. “Ones that good are hard to come by, but we’ve just got to keep going and hope we get another one like him.”

Geoff said he couldn’t bring himself to watch the replay of the fall.

“I don’t want to see him like that,” he said.

Strathlachlan Andy was the NSW Country Cups champion of 2015 and broke track records at Tamworth and Armidale. He won two Cootamundra and Armidale cups as well as one each at Narrabri and Muswellbrook, as well as the Tamworth Golden Guitar final.

“I’ve been surprised by how many texts and calls we’ve had from people saying ‘we’re sorry to hear’,” Geoff said. “He was part of the family.”

He said Roll With Lachlan “goes all right and we’d love to think he could fill the old boy’s shoes, but we’ll see.”