HEMMERLE TO FIRE ON QUICK BACK UP AT RANDWICK
Jun 08, 2018
Hemmerle to fire on quick back-up at Randwick
The son of German-bred stayer Lucas Cranach was unable to reel in Radiant Choice in a Highway Handicap at Rosehill last week over the 1400m, but according to Williams that was always going to be the concern and the performance gives him confidence the step up to 2000m is going to be ideal.
“The danger of running last week was that it was going to be too short,” Williams said.
“We would have been happy to run 1800m last Saturday, he was ready for it.
“He is just crying out for a mile and a quarter.
“Twice now the jockeys have come back and said his best work was the 200m after the winning post - If that’s any indication then he is crying out for it.
"He appears as though he has come through the run exceptionally well."
The only query for Williams on Saturday is whether he will be able to handle the wet ground and the step up in distance combined.
“It may not be the right time to be trying him at 2000m on a heavy track because then if he loses you have to weigh up whether it was the heavy track or the distance that brought him undone,” Williams said.
“But the family generally handle the wet so we haven’t got a lot to lose.”
Hemmerle is currently the $4.60 favourite for Saturday’s Benchmark 72 3YO Handicap (2000m).