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Change Of Tactics With Hartnell

Thursday, 26th March 2015

Trainer John O'Shea says that Godolphin import Hartnell (Authorized-Debonnaire, by Anabaa) will be ridden with more patience when he lines up in the Gr1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill on Saturday, reports horseracing.com.au. The son of Authorized made a brilliant Australian debut when storming home for second behind stable-mate Contributer in the Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes on 28 February, before scoring an easy 2-length win in the Gr3 Sky High Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill last start. The 4YO was ridden up on the speed in his Sky High Stakes win, but O'Shea believes he can be even more effective if allowed to settle off the pace. "We had to ride him a certain way second-up to get the job done, but I think that he would be better ridden a bit quieter and we will endeavour to that this week," O'Shea said. "Those horses that produce big performance first-up are always going to come back a bit second-up and I think that both Hartnell and Contributer did that, but they were still able to win." He added, "Coming into the race third-up you would expect them to bounce back and if we let him find his feet he might be able to show that turn-of-foot." Hartnell will be stepping up to 2400m for the first time this preparation in The BMW and O'Shea said that he is happy with his condition leading into the Gr1 event. "We are really happy with him," O'Shea said. "He is a very happy horse and he is going through his paces nicely."


Hartnell (image: Steve Hart)
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