Hart­nell gets a sense of Caulfield

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By CRAIG BREN­NAN

We were very happy with his work. It was solid work ahead of Satur­day and he’s ready to run well. – David Charles

WITH the course proper open for gal­lops, Godol­phin has taken ad­van­tage to give Hart­nell his first look at Caulfield.

Hart­nell runs in to­mor­row’s Group 2 P B Lawrence Stakes and was joined at Caulfield by sta­ble­mates Souchez Veranillo.

Souchez runs in the Listed Re­gal Roller Stakes with Veranillo to line up in the Vain Stakes.

David Charles, the Mel­bourne rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Godol­phin’s Aus­tralian trainer James Cum­mings, said Hart­nell had no prob­lems han­dling Caulfield.

“He hasn’t been here be­fore so James took the op­por­tu­nity to come and have a look at track,” Charles said.

“We were very happy with his work. It was solid work ahead of Satur­day and he’s ready to run well.

“He tracked around on his right leg and got into a beau­ti­ful rhythm.”

Hart­nell was sent to Mel­bourne late last month to give him time to set­tle into Godol­phin’s Flem­ing­ton base ahead of the spring.

He had a jump-out at Flem­ing­ton on Au­gust 4 and Charles said that hitout his sub­se­quent work had him in good or­der ahead of Satur­day.

Charles said Hart­nell did not need to im­prove his form be com­pet­i­tive on Satur­day.

“He’s just got to find his form again,” he said.

He said Hart­nell, who gal­loped alone on Tues­day morn­ing, should have no prob­lems han­dling Caulfield un­der race con­di­tions.

Charles said Caulfield, which was once con­sid­ered a stum­bling block for Syd­ney horses, was not so pro­nounced now with the cam­ber on the track.

“Hart­nell is an ex­pe­ri­enced horse,” Charles said. “It may be a bit dif­fer­ent for an in­ex­pe­ri­enced two-year-old that might have had only the one start.”

Fol­low­ing the P B Lawrence, Hart­nell will con­test the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flem­ing­ton on Septem­ber 16 af­ter which a de­ci­sion will be made in which di­rec­tion he heads.

“James and the team will wait un­til af­ter the Makybe to then map out a plan,” Charles said.

“It’s all about the com­pe­ti­tion and how they are go­ing at the time.”

Hart­nell fel­low Group 1 win­ner Black Heart Bart are the TAB’s $3.20 favourites for the P B Lawrence.

Hart­nell worked well at Caulfield ahead of the P B Lawrence Stakes

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