Hartani is set to end what has been close to a three-and-a-half year break from racing on Wednesday.

Now 10, the one-time Irish import last raced in the Listed Bagot Handicap in 2016, finishing second last when trained by Robert Hickmott for Lloyd Williams' Macedon Lodge operation.

Hartani was one of several of Williams' horses to go under the hammer in an online auction conducted by Inglis in September, and trainer Monica Cid loved the look of the Shirocco gelding to be a lead horse for her Mornington stable.

But he's earned himself an upgrade and his own ticket back to the races.

"I more bought him as a bit of a lead horse, but he's been too nice and going too good in the sense that I might as well give him a try as a racehorse," Cid told Punters.com.au.

"He's got an amazing attitude, he's an absolutely amazing beautiful horse.

"I've been ticking along with him, and to me, he's got the attitude of a two-year-old he's feeling so good. He's a gem.

"I'm just having a little bit of fun with him. He obviously needs a lot more ground, he's bred to get over a lot more distance.

"It'll just be a nice quiet run on Wednesday at Sandown and I'll get him over to a good distance and see."

Cid recalls buying Hartani for $3000+GST, sharing ownership with a friend, and the beauty of that is whatever he does back at the races is pure bonus for her.

"He's my horse, and I've got a friend in too, but I've got no pressures apart from ticking him along," she said.
"He's already repaid himself being such a beautiful horse. He'll stand out, because he's a real show-off. And his grey colour, he's a nice-looking animal. We're just having a little bit of fun!"

Amazingly, Cid said from what she has researched and witnessed in eight months of looking after him, Hartani is sound as a bell.

"As far as I've been able to find out, he's had no issues. He's very clean-winded, clean-legged… his action for a 10-year-old is fantastic," she added.

"I've had to treat him for nothing.

"When I've looked back at his history as far as stable returns, he's been in and out of work [in his career]."

Kicking him off over a mile is just a starting point from Cid's perspective, but he did a nice piece of work leading into Wednesday.

"His last trial at Balnarring was quite a nice trial."

"And he's just looking for ground, so in another couple of starts after Wednesday, we should get a bit of distance into him.

Jason Benbow takes the ride from barrier one.

Hartani is not the only 10yo in the race either, with the Simone Ferchie-trained Lord Durante set to take his place.

 

 

 

 

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