Leading hopefuls work stylishly ahead of Cup
HARTNELL will represent James Cummngs in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup and the multiple Group 1 winner stepped out on the course proper last Tuesday in preparation for the race that stops the nation.
After working steadily through early stages of his workout he sprinted nicely up the finishing straight to cover 1600m in 1.55.01 and his final 400m 23.55.
As testament to overall class he will carry the number one saddlecloth in Cup and heads there great order. Willie Mullins travelled
MAX DYNAMITE from Werribee to Flemington last Tuesday morning and he dashed up the home straight on the course proper in impressive fashion, particularly for a stayer.
The international visitor travelled at a leisurely tempo during the early part of his workout, as a consequence he was entitled to quicken noticeably when asked, but his effort to run his last 400m in 22.23 was eye catching.
The overall time for the 1600m gallop of 2.05.44 is reflective of the slow early speed but Max Dynamite looked very fit for Tuesday’s feature.
After being arguably unlucky in the Cup two years ago it would be no surprise to see him fighting out he finish again this year. THOMAS HOBSON accompanied his stablemate Max Dynamite to Flemington last Tuesday morning and completed a similar piece of work on the course proper.
Although not dashing home quite as quickly as Max Dynamite he sprinted home his last 400m in 23.09 at the completion of covering 1600m in 2.08.78.
Connections endured a nervous wait to secure a start in The Cup but now that he is the field he has an undeniable chance.
Caulfield Cup winner BOOM TIME teamed up with his stablemate VENTURA STORM for a gallop on the course proper last Thursday in preparation for The Cup.
Both horses went to the line in good style at the end of their 2000m workout and importantly they both appeared to pull up well after clocking 2.20.45 for the distance and 23.76 for their final 400m.
Ventura Storm seems to have fully recovered from a minor foot issue subsequent the Caulfield Cup while Boom Time is in outstanding order following his Caulfield Cup victory.
James Cummings elected to bypass Saturday’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes with BANDIPUR and alternatively line him up in a race for three-yearolds over 1000m on Cup Day.
Following jumpout down the straight course just over a week ago he was kept up to the mark with a steady workout over 800m last Thursday.
He is deep into his preparation but still had plenty of spring in his step after the workout clocking 55.57 for journey and 26.97 for his last 400m.