Hartnell will contest the Australian Cup on Saturday. Picture: Getty Images
Hartnell will contest the Australian Cup on Saturday. Picture: Getty Images

Stronger Hartnell set to bounce back in Cup

JAMES Cummings tips Hartnell to be at his peak for Saturday's Australian Cup.

Hartnell was third to Gailo Chop and Single Gaze last start in the Peter Young Stakes at Caulfield.

"He was a little underdone going into that given that there was a group one target coming up a couple of weeks later," Cummings said.

"He seems to have brightened up and worked really strongly. There's no doubt he'll need a big effort to turn it around on Gailo Chop but you're going to see a stronger Hartnell this weekend. He certainly looked good this morning.''

State backs up

A RANDWICK Guineas back-up was always on the cards for Australian Guineas runner-up Peaceful State, says Darren Weir's Warrnambool foreman Jarrod McLean.

"(Jockey) John Allen has been very pleased with the way he's worked this week in the reverse direction," McLean said. Peaceful State will wear blinkers first time on Saturday.

"We think he's come on from the run Darren (Weir) thinks this is the best way for him to get to the Rosehill Guineas a fortnight after this race," he said.

Meantime, Gailo Chop built up to the Australian Cup with an 800m gallop at Warrnambool on Wednesday morning. "John Allen was delighted with his work," McLean said.

McLean said Cliff's Edge would have his next start in the Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday week and Tosen Stardom was on track for Saturday week's Blamey Stakes at Flemington.

 

Gailo Chop is on target for the Australian Cup on Saturday. Picture: Getty Images
Gailo Chop is on target for the Australian Cup on Saturday. Picture: Getty Images

 

Blinkers for Lord

ARCHIE Alexander has opted for blinkers on his Australian Cup runner Lord Fandango in a bid for him to return to form. Lord Fandango kicked off this campaign with a third in the Carlyon Cup before he finished last in the Peter Young Stakes.

Alexander was disappointed with that run and believes blinkers will sharpen him up.

"I think it will be very hard for him to win but we felt his work at home was getting a bit complacent. This is 2000 metres at weight-for-age but when he gets over more ground under handicap conditions he'll be more effective," Alexander said.



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