Hartnell | Horse Of The Month March 2017
Hartnell - Horse Of The Month March
For the simple reason that we cannot make Winx our Betsfree.com.au Horse of the Month every month, we had to dig a little before bestowing our completely ceremonial Horse of the Month Award to a capable staying horse that goes by the name of Hartnell.
The 6Y0 bay gelding by Ireland’s Authorised from Great Britain’s Debonnaire is deserving, in our opinion, mainly because he has not, as some have, stayed in the stable in order to avoid racing against Winx.
Hartnell was four years of age when he came to Australia to race after spending his campaigns at two and three years in France and Great Britain.
Being foaled in the northern hemisphere, his lines obviously have running through them, as do many others, multiple connections to Canada’s Northern Dancer. He also has claims to ancestors Danzig and Bold Reason of the U.S.
One he got to running on Australian turf, he made an impression in short order, winning the 2015 Group 1 ATC BMW Stakes at Rosehill. He also ran second in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes, following the winner, Contributer, by just half a length.
It was as a five-year-old, however, when he made his most significant marks, winning the Group 1 VRC Turnbull Stakes at Flemington, where he beat Jameka, the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick, where he also won the Group 2 Hill Stakes. He also turned in a second place run in the Cox Plate and a third in the 2016 Melbourne Cup.
Thus far in 2017, he ran second to Winx in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes at Randwick, had one of his poorer efforts, finishing eighth out of 10 in this year’s Chipping Norton, but recovered nicely to score a second to Our Ivanhowe at Rosehill on a swampy Rosehill in the Group 1 Ranvet.
Coming, as he did, from the behemoth operation that goes by the name Godolphin, Hartnell had to prove his worthiness and has made a nice, if not exactly spectacular, career of racing in Australia.
Including his early starts as juvenile in France and England, he has raced 31 times, winning 10 and placing second or third in another 10, so he has been a reliable source of income. To date, he has earned over $3.3 million in winning races from 1600 to 3200 metres.
At the age of six, it would seem as though he is still capable of turning in a couple more campaigns, including the spring racing carnivals and he may yet earn the bragging rights of beating Winx, which would be an obvious capstone to his career.
Congratulations and continued good fortune to the Betsfree.com.au Horse of the Month, Hartnell.