"It is not often you hear of too many multiple Group 1 winners, with almost $4.5million in prizemoney to their name, routinely mocked, but unfortunately for Hartnell, the presence of Winx in his racing career has led to some comparisons. "
His best might be past him approaching his autumn seven-year-old campaign, but he did pocket the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes in the spring - all the while carrying some farrier tools that Craig Williams pocketed in a panic (or a genius move, if you backed him), after donning a lightweight vest.
That meant that Hartnell's only win in the past 15 months remained in his keeping. Then again, that's a disservice to his form. He has chalked up six second placings (three to Winx) since his Group 1 Turnbull Stakes rout in 2016, so while he might not be the punters' pal, he is certainly fighting in the right weight division.
His autumn campaign will kick off in Melbourne for the very first time in the C.F. Orr Stakes, meaning trainer James Cummings is trying something new with him, and it might just be the propeller to get him back to his best.
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Having won three of the four majors in Australian racing and significant success overseas, Craig Williams is consistently riding winners.
Won this season's Makybe Diva, placed behind Winx in the Turnbull Stakes and Cox Plate in spring. Likely to defend his crown at the G1 Australian Cup.
The Grandson of the legendary Bart Cummings, he took over the reins as Godolphin's head trainer in 2017 with immediate success.