Harness racing: Geoff Harding chase group 2 double with family connection

Bobs Farm trainer Geoff Harding will look to erase the disappointment of narrowly missing a group 1 spot when half-brothers Roll With Lachlan and Rocknlachlan contest Breeders Challenge Blue races on Saturday night. 

Geoff Harding

Geoff Harding

Rocknlachlan was sixth in a semi-final, one placing short of the Breeders Challenge 3YO colts and geldings decider last month, and he will be a strong contender at $5.50 in the group 2 consolation at Menangle Park.

“He was a half-head from making the group 1 final,” Harding said.

“It was a bit of a bummer but I looked at the sectionals and he ran the second fastest final one, just behind the winner, so it was disappointing not getting into the group 1, but this will do if we can be lucky enough in this one.

“It will be tough out of gate 10, but we’re in there and they are going well.”

Roll With Lachlan, which is also out of Strathlachlan Kay, was fourth in his 2YO Breeders Challenge heat to miss the semis. He won and was third at Newcastle at his next two starts. He has gate eight of 10 in the group 2 consolation and was $26. 

“I was probably a shade disappointed in him last week but it was a couple of weeks between runs and his first time at 2030,” he said. “But he should improve off that and his work was good.”

At Newcastle Friday night, Maitland trainer-driver Jess Dart’s Heavenly Flare was first into the Glenn Tomlin Memorial final with victory in heat one. Jenny and Peter Sellers’ Lightning Bob won heat two.

Heavenly Flare, a $25.50 chance, made the most of a one-one sit to overcome favourite Derringer by a half-neck on the line.