Hem­merle on top

Wil­liams con­fi­dent of an­other High­way win

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - ADAM SHERRY

GOULBURN trainer Danny Wil­liams is con­fi­dent top­weight Hem­merle is the horse to beat in to­mor­row’s TAB High­way Hand­i­cap (1600m) at War­wick Farm.

Wil­liams, one of the most suc­cess­ful train­ers in High­ways with 15.5 wins, be­lieves the soft track plays to his gelding’s strengths.

“Hem­merle is the one I think they all have to beat,” Wil­liams said.

“I’ve got a very good opin­ion of him and if he gets the right con­di­tions, will be go­ing close to win­ning to­mor­row.”

The four-year-old son of Lucas Cranach re­sumed from a spell with a third be­hind Our Rose­ma­ree in a High­way over 1400m on De­cem­ber 8.

Wil­liams said it was the Good 3 track that day which played against his charge not the fact he went into the race with­out a bar­rier trial.

“He needs that lit­tle bit of cut out the ground,” he said.

“It was a lit­tle bit on the firm side for him last start. He felt the ground and was re­luc­tant to stretch out.

“He may have just died on his run the last lit­tle bit but James (Mc­Don­ald) was very up­beat about him. He gave him a very good re­port and said he just needs that lit­tle bit of cut out of the ground.

“If I had him any fit­ter for Rose­hill other day, he may not have been sharp enough for the 1400m.”

Wil­liams is con­sid­er­ing giv­ing gelding a short break af­ter to­mor­row’s race and look to­wards some Coun­try Cups in the au­tumn.

“I think he will be very com­pet­i­tive races like the Wagga Cup and Al­bury Cup,” he said.

“I have no doubt he will get up to 2000m. He’s al­ways shown that he wants to get over a trip, it’s just we wanted to chase the High­ways first be­cause they are worth so much money.

The only time Hem­merle has raced be­yond 1400m was in a bench­mark 77 over 1800m at Rose­hill Gar­dens on June 2.

On a track which cer­tainly favoured on pace run­ners, Hem­merle charged home from last in the field of 13 at 400m to fin­ish fifth, beaten a length and three-quar­ters by Chate­lard.

“He was marked down as a black­booker off his sec­tion­als that day,” Wil­liams said.

“He was one of the few horses came home from back in the field.

“Gen­er­ally, mid­week form holds up pretty well in High­ways and that was a Satur­day class race so that holds him in good stead for this.”

While Hem­merle is the one to beat, Wil­liams said sta­ble­mate Tiara Road shouldn’t be un­der­es­ti­mated.

“She’s cry­ing out for the mile and with a bit of cut in the ground, I give her an each-way chance,” he said.

“Her past cou­ple of starts are much bet­ter than they ap­pear on pa­per.

“All of her best runs have been when she’s had a bit of cush­ion and she just hasn’t had con­di­tions to suit lately.”


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