Cum­mings gal­loper shows plenty of Hart

The Sportsman Midweek - - Trackwork - WAR­REN HUNTLY

HARTNELL has come through his dom­i­nant vic­tory in the Lawrence Stakes in great or­der and James Cum­mings trav­elled him to Moonee Val­ley last Tues­day morn­ing in prepa­ra­tion for Satur­day’s Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington.

He cut an im­pos­ing fig­ure cruis­ing over 1200m in 1.23.09, in­creas­ing the tempo over the con­clud­ing stages to run his last 400m in 25.74.

The son of Au­tho­rized is likely to be a short priced favourite at in the Makybe Diva and looks set to con­tinue his win­ning run.

ESPERANCE and BAN­ISH trav­elled to Moonee Val­ley on Tues­day morn­ing with their sta­ble­mate Hartnell and gal­loped to­gether over 1000m.

Af­ter cov­er­ing the jour­ney in 1.07.68 and their fi­nal 400m 25.20 at The Val­ley Esperance took his place in a jumpout over about 800m on Fri­day morn­ing.

With Craig Wil­liams aboard he set­tled the speed be­fore clos­ing off nicely to fin­ish along­side SHAF and about a length be­hind RADIPOLE who clocked 46.92 in win­ning the heat.

The un­beaten Esperance ap­pears to be cop­ing well with his first racing prepa­ra­tion and heads Flemington on Satur­day for his tough­est test to date.

The Mike Moroney-trained BARTHELONA has de­rived a good deal of im­prove­ment from his two runs since re­sum­ing as a geld­ing and heads to Morn­ing­ton to­mor­row for his next run.

Last Thurs­day he ap­peared to have plenty in re­serve cov­er­ing 1000m 1.10.00 and his clos­ing 400m 25.38.

With re­cent racing over 1000m un­der his belt he should be well suited step­ping up to 1200m to­mor­row.

BORN TO FIGHT, also pre­pared by Moroney, is hold­ing his con­di­tion well and looked bright and fit com­plet­ing a work­out over 1000m last Thurs­day morn­ing.

He is close to peak fitness and was kept up the mark clock­ing 1.09.31 for trip and 25.27 for his last 400m.

There has been plenty of merit in his three runs to date and he looks ca­pa­ble of mea­sur­ing up to tougher op­po­si­tion at Morn­ing­ton to­mor­row.

LORD BARRINGTON will also rep­re­sent the Moroney sta­ble at Morn­ing­ton to­mor­row and he has been pro­gress­ing well lead­ing into his firstup run.

Fol­low­ing two solid per­for­mances in re­cent jumpouts he gal­loped solo over 1000m last Thurs­day and pulled up well af­ter cov­er­ing the dis­tance in 1.09.56 his fi­nal 400m 25.62.

The son of Darci Brahma is a pre­vi­ous first up winner and looks in good shape to com­mence an­other cam­paign.

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