There will be owners and trainers all over the country awaiting the news on where Hartnell goes next after the imported horse trounced his rivals in the group 1 Yellowglen Turnbull Stakes at Flemington.
Owners with Caulfield Cup horses are hoping Sheikh Mohammed’s class galloper goes to the Cox Plate and owners of Cox Plate horses (including those of Winx) may be hoping he runs at Caulfield in two weeks instead. But, for trainer John O’Shea, it’s up to his boss to make the final decision.
“I think he’ll be pretty competitive wherever he goes,” O’Shea said after Hartnell had run clear for a three-and-a-quarter length victory to record O’Shea’s first group 1 win in Melbourne as Godolphin Australia’s head trainer.
“The 55 kilograms he’s got in the Caulfield Cup looks pretty inviting and the Caulfield Cup favourite (Jameka, who ran second) was left in his wake there,” O’Shea said.
“But the three weeks into the Cox Plate also looks good for him and it could set him up to run in the Melbourne Cup.”
Godolphin’s six-year-old Authorized gelding settled fifth, one off the fence, and ambled up to the leaders on the home turn under a tight hold from James McDonald.
Hartnell has now won his past three races, the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m), Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 Yellowglen Turnbull Stakes, by an aggregate margin of 16.9 lengths. Read more…