Hart­nell ready to turn the ta­bles on Plenty

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - ADAM SHERRY

GODOL­PHIN warhorse Hart­nell is poised to land his sec­ond Group 1 mile of the sea­son when he tack­les the $1m Kennedy Mile (1600m) at Flem­ing­ton to­mor­row.

The geld­ing showed he has lost none of his zest for rac­ing when came with a strong fin­ish to take out the Ep­som Hand­i­cap at Royal Rand­wick last month be­fore a gallant sec­ond to Land Of Plenty in the Group 1 Toorak Hand­i­cap at Caulfield three weeks ago.

He meets his vic­tor bet­ter the weights this week and a re­turn to spa­cious Flem­ing­ton track has Cum­mings con­fi­dent of an­other big show­ing.

“There was no more pop­u­lar win­ner at Rand­wick than Hart­nell,” Cum­mings said.

“He has a 2.5kg weight turn­around with Land Of Plenty from the Toorak Hand­i­cap.

“That should make things pretty in­ter­est­ing back at Flem­ing­ton where Hart­nell’s prob­a­bly a length bet­ter horse.”

“He’s in ter­rific shape, danc­ing around the sta­bles. He’s got the skin of a two-year-old colt.

“I’ve spent a lot of time think­ing about Hart­nell and he’s never dis­ap­pointed me over seven fur­longs or a mile and keep­ing him to those trips has been ex­tremely re­ward­ing.

“He en­joys the shorter work as well as the races. That’s what we’ve stuck to this cam­paign and he’s kept on run­ning well.”

The son of Au­tho­rised, who re­unites with his Ep­som win­ning jockey Hugh Bow­man to­mor­row, should set­tle mid­field from his draw.

“With any luck he would have a sim­i­lar run to­mor­row and dive at them up the straight at Flem­ing­ton,” Cum­mings said.

Sta­ble­mate Best Of Days is the first emer­gency for the Kennedy Mile and is more than a knock­out chance should he gain start.

“Best Of Days had the blink­ers on in the Group 3 Coongy Cup and I think they a pos­i­tive ef­fect,” Cum­mings said.

“He cruised up on the out­side of Ranier in his gal­lop Tues­day morn­ing and they matched strides. Best Of Days was do­ing it well within him­self.”

James Cum­mings.

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