Cummings galloper shows plenty of Hart
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.