He’s the star of the team, the “old man” of the stable and one of the most capable, durable, versatile and honest horses to have raced in Australia in years. Hartnell, a winner of eight Stakes races and almost $7 million, returns to racing in Saturday’s G2 PB Lawrence Stakes, a traditional spring launch pad, a race he won two years ago and one in which he finished second in 2018.
They all started closer to the bottom of the racing ladder than the top, and they have all graduated to a level that makes them indispensable to the operation of one of Australia’s biggest industries. Johan Petzer, the Chairman of Stewards, Thoroughbred Racing South Australia and the Chairman of the Awards judging panel is a big supporter of the awards.
A glorious Australian racing season ended this week with Godolphin in uncharted territory and with head trainer James Cummings having prepared an all-time national record of 62 Stakes winners for the year.
Godolphin Managing Director in Australia, Vin Cox said the ownership of a 2019 slot meant the stable could plan with certainty for this year’s race.
Masar, expertly handled by Charlie Appleby and thrilling winner of the 2018 Derby, has been retired from racing.
G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains victor Persian King ran well to finish second in another French Classic, the G1 Prix du Jockey Club, over an extended 10 furlongs at Chantilly, France, on Sunday, 2 June.