Hartnell flying ahead of next mission
HARTNELL has come through his dominant first-up victory in terrific shape and the James Cummings-trained son of Authorized cut an imposing figure during a light workout last Tuesday.
He wasn’t extended at any stage of the gallop to cover his 800m in 54.91, his final 400m in a steady 27.13 and looked strong and fit heading back to the stables.
With a confidence boosting victory under his belt to kick off the campaign he is sure prove hard to beat in any race he lines up in during the coming weeks.
ESPERANCE, also prepared by Cummings, has been ticking over nicely since his recent Sandown victory and was kept up to the mark with a fairly easy workout last Tuesday morning.
The three-year-old son of Bernadini stepped out over 1000m, clocking 1.11.80 for the journey and 26.13 for his closing 400m.
He will have to face tougher opposition at next start than he has encountered during his two impressive victories to date but appears to have plenty of upside and looks capable continuing his rise up the ranks.
LYCURGUS tuned up for his return to track with an encouraging performance in a jumpout last Friday in what was his second jumpout recent weeks.
The Danny O’Brien-trained son of Star Witness appeared to have plenty in reserve finishing about a length TAN TAT BLAZE and BLINKY O’REILLY who passed the finishing post together clocked 49.07 for the trip of about 800m.
The recorded compared favourably with most other heats conducted during the morning and should stand Lycurgus in good stead if he resumes at Sandown tomorrow. SAVILE ROW has settled in well to Mike Moroney’s Flemington stables and with two impressive jumpout performances to his credit since arriving from Moroney’s New Zealand base he is in great order heading into a Spring Carnival campaign.
Last Friday, in slick time for the morning, he finished alongside
ARCTIC ANGEL, prepare by Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra, with the pair stooping the clock in 48.83.
Both horses have been progressing well and should be worth keeping in mind when they resume shortly.
MISS GUNPOWDER was another galloper to stand out at last Friday’s jumpouts as she gears up to chase more black-type during the spring.
She was always in control of her heat over about 800m and went on to win by approximately two lengths in the time of 48.81, which as the quickest the morning’s session.
The daughter of Pendragon boasts an impressive first-up record and is set to add to that in the near future.