Hartnell May Take Another Shot at Melbourne Cup Glory

Thoroughbred trainer and Australian Goldolphin supremo James Cummings is readying Hartnell for the Melbourne Cup, although he had earlier thought of not running him due to the mediocre showing the horse produced in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes.

It makes sense for Hartnell to try the Cup, as the field will have no Winx in it.

Cummings decided to change Hartnell’s training regime, in accordance with some inspiration his 12-time Melbourne Cup winning grandfather Bart Cummings supplied.

Speaking with The Daily Telegraph, Cummings related some advice he had received from the “Cups King,” which was “..To never stop trying new things.”

Words of wisdom, the original source of which is unknown. If Bart Cummings were still alive, he might tell us from whom he picked up the idea, but other than that, we are certain the idea started when the first man or woman became capable of abstract thought.

“For the many years I sat there learning from him, I always saw him trying and experimenting and thinking about his horses,” said James of Bart. “He would often tell me no two horses are the same and to treat them as individuals.’’

Hartnell managed third in last year’s Melbourne Cup, so he obviously has the staying stamina. Cummings has tailored Hartnell’s preparation to account that he is now a seven-year-old and to have him peak at the perfect time for the Melbourne Cup.

“Every time I’ve watched him race in Australia inside 14 days he has not been quite at his best,” Cummings said. “I feel he is enjoying the training we are giving him. He has appreciated having a few easy weeks since the Caulfield Stakes. He looks to be working nicely towards his peak, I feel he is racing more like a two-miler and if we run him in the Cup, I’m sure he will run well.’’

Cummings is still speaking in terms of “if,” however, so it is not a stone-written fact that Hartnell will run and Godolphin might not be willing to pony up the final acceptance fee of nearly $50,000.

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