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Hartnell joins Godolphin's great winners.

Summary: Seven-year-old registers fourth Group 1 success in Australia with exciting Randwick victory

Leslie Wilson Jr, Racing & Special Features Writer

Dubai: Hartnell, one of Godolphin' most exciting globetrotters, has been showered with overwhelming praise after securing a fourth Group 1 victory in Australia in the Epsom Handicap at Randwick on Saturday.

Ridden by Hugh Bowman, the jockey synonomous with Australian wondermare Winx, Hartnell produced an electrifying turn-of-foot in the stages of the mile contest to beat DArgento, the mount of James Macdonald, by a shorthead.

It was yet another mesmerizing performance by the seven-year-old son of Darley stallion Authorized, who has earned his place among Godolphin's great champions. Hartnell has now won 13 times in his career and over $4 million (Dh14.6 million) in prize money. For trainer James Cummings, the success was his sixth at the top level since he took over the mantel as Godolphin's head Australian trainer in mid-2017.

"It was a bold move to run him in the Epsom when he could have run at weight-for-age, today, but he's a super horse," Cummings said on the stable's website.

"It doesn't just happen, it's a massive team effort, great attention to detail. I can't thank the staff enough."

"I'm so proud, I can't believe it," Bowman said.

"I know I wear royal blue when I ride Winx, but I'm very proud to represent Godolphin and ride for Shaikh Mohammad in his colours. It means a great deal."

Godophin is the global racing stable created by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Cummings was quick to stress on how significant performances of this nature are to Godolphin's aspirations.

"I'm sure Shaikh Mohammad would be very proud of one of the best horses he's raced in Australia," the trainer noted.

Hartnell won the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes for Cummings in February and has been placed in both the Group 1 Melbourne Cup and the Group 1 Cox Plate, two of Australia's best races.

Meanwhile, horses raced by Irish champion trainer Aidan O'Brien were in imperious form on the final day of the Cambridgshire Meeting at Newmarket Racecourse in the UK.

The in-form handler swept the opening three races on the card including the featured Group 1 Middle Park Stakes with Ten Sovereigns, ridden by his son Donnacha.

The winner dug deep to hold off a spirited challenge by Jash, the mount of Jim Crowley, to prevail by a length in the high-profile six furlong contest open to two-year-old colts with Classic aims.

Trainer Simon Crisford was full of praise for the runner-up and told Racing UK: "He's got those sweet Harry Porter markings on him and I was hoping that he will bring some magic to the course today and he did.

"It's a huge effort, he just got beaten by the better horse on the day. I believe he'll strengthen a lot over the winner and we can look forward to some big runs from him [next season]."

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Sep 29, 2018
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