Hartnell looks in fine form ahead of the Valley
HARTNELL is heading to Moonee Valley for Saturday’s Dato Tan Tin Nam Stakes and he has come through his firstup run at Caulfield in great order.
He wasn’t out to run fast time last Thursday but looked a picture of health heading back to James Cummings’ stables after running 1000m in 1.10.46 and his final 400m a steady 27.06.
The son of Authorized boasts an impressive second-up record and is sure to prove hard to beat next weekend.
HUSH WRITER is a most interesting addition to the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable the imported son of Rulership appears to have settled in well to his new surroundings.
After finding feet in a sharp jumpout over approximately 800m just a week ago, he was able to make ground to sit off the speed and battled on well hold down second position.
Last Thursday he strode over 1200m and pulled up well after covering the journey in 1.22.09 his last 400m 26.73.
He broke maiden status at his second start over 2000m
Longchamp and subsequently ran third at Group 2 level over 2400m Chantilly prior to heading joining the Waterhouse and Bott team.
He is sure to create a lot of interest at his first Australian start and looks forward enough to run well.
Danny O’Brien elected not to run first-up from a wide barrier draw at Caulfield last Saturday but he will resume shortly and has been progressing well leading into a spring campaign.
With a recent barrier trial and jumpout under his belt he looked in good condition for the horse at the beginning of a preparation covering 1000m in 1.08.21 and his final 400m in 25.11 last Tuesday morning.
He is a previous first-up winner and should be worth keeping on side when he steps out in the near future.
KINGS COMMAND is ready to resume for Team Corstens has been a standout performer on a couple of occasions at the jumpouts in recent weeks.
Last Friday he rode the speed to finish two lengths clear of the VRC St Leger winner Runaway, prepared by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, stopping the clock in 49.03 for the trip of about 800m which compared favourably with most other heats conducted during the morning.
King’s Command is yet to miss a place when produced first-up and should be worth keeping on side he resumes in the coming weeks.
BIG PAT’S PONTIAC was big odds when he resumed for the Nigel Blackiston stable recently but has trained on well since that run and heads to Ballarat tomorrow for his next start.
Last Tuesday, he galloped solo over 1000m and looked bright and fit after completing the workout in 1.11.20 his final 400m 25.76.
He is likely to go around as an outsider again tomorrow but it would be no surprise to see him run a much improved race at good odds.