Hart­nell looks in fine form ahead of the Val­ley

The Sportsman Midweek - - Trackwork - WAR­REN HUNTLY

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.

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