Im­pend­ing tar­gets G1 Dar­ley Clas­sic

The Sportsman Weekend - - The Trackwork Winners - WAR­REN HUNTLY

IM­PEND­ING has been kept on the fresh side since fin­ish­ing sec­ond be­hind In Her Time in the Syd­ney Stakes last time out and James Cum­mings has given him the ben­e­fit of a jumpout down the Flem­ing­ton straight since he ar­rived in Mel­bourne.

He per­formed well the jumpout and worked nicely last Tues­day morn­ing to cover 1000m in 1.09.11 and his fi­nal 400m 23.87.

Cum­mings has ear­marked to­mor­row’s Group 1 Dar­ley Clas­sic as the spring tar­get for the Strad­broke win­ner and he heads there in ter­rific shape. IT’S SOME­WHAT, also pre­pared by Cum­mings, has de­rived a good deal of im­prove­ment from his two runs this cam­paign and should be suited step­ping up to 2000m in the Group 1 Emi­rates Stakes.

He has come through his lat­est out­ing where he pro­duced a strong clos­ing per­for­mance in a solidly run Crys­tal Mile at Moonee Val­ley in great or­der and cruised over 1200m on Tues­day morn­ing.

Af­ter cov­er­ing the jour­ney in 1.26.35 and his last 400m 26.09 he is ready to run well at Flem­ing­ton.

The Chris Gangemi­trained ROCK MAGIC is close to peak fit­ness fol­low­ing re­cent rac­ing and heads to Flem­ing­ton for the Dar­ley Clas­sic.

He was kept up to the mark cov­er­ing 1000m in 1.10.86 on Tues­day morn­ing and wasn’t ex­tended to run his clos­ing 400m in 26.04.

Early mar­kets have him at longs odds for to­mor­row’s event but he has some strong form lines around him and is ca­pa­ble of run­ning bet­ter than the pre­post odds sug­gest. BARTHELONA worked

im­pres­sively in the clock­wise di­rec­tion on steeple grass on Tues­day morn­ing and the Mike Moroney-trained gal­loper heads to Rosehill to­mor­row to con­test the last race over 1300m.

He looked sharp pre­par­ing for his trip to Syd­ney clock­ing 1.06.09 for his 1000m hit out, dash­ing home his fi­nal 400m in 23.92.

The son of Zof­fany is yet to win be­yond 1100m but has drawn favourably at Rosehill to give him ev­ery op­por­tu­nity ex­tend his win­ning dis­tance range out to the longer trip.

DO­MES­TI­CATED is ready to re­sume and with the Hayes Dabernig train­ing part­ner­ship giv­ing her a solid ground­ing for first-up run she was af­forded fairly easy time in a bar­rier trial at Tatura re­cently.

Fol­low­ing that trial the daugh­ter of En­costa de Lago looked in good or­der to kick off her next prepa­ra­tion strid­ing over 1000m in 1.10.08 and last 400m 27.86 on Tues­day morn­ing.

Con­nec­tions have a few op­tions for her first run this cam­paign and al­though she will ul­ti­mately bet­ter suited over more ground

should be hit­ting the line strongly if she lines up at Cran­bourne over 1300m tonight.

Im­pend­ing will run well in the Dar­ley Clas­sic to­mor­row.

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