Hart­nell fly­ing ahead of next mis­sion

The Sportsman Midweek - - News -

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.

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