She started her career over hurdles but don’t be fooled, True Self has plenty of pace that brings her into contention when racing over 2400m.
Her recent form is positive and as travelling foreman David Casey outlined last week, connections believe if she was held up longer before producing her run in the Ebor Handicap she could have finished top three, rather than wilting into sixth over the final 200m.
True Self has settled in well to Werribee but there’s a desire to head straight to the Caulfield Cup with this Northern Hemisphere six-year-old mare.
View True Self’s form below:
Haky has only raced four times during 2019, he led throughout over 2400m at Compiegne on soft ground on July 23, winning a mid-tier handicap for horses aged five or older. Haky clearly emerged the strongest in the race, crossing the field from gate 15 of 16, rolling along with an uncontested lead and maintaining his advantage up the straight under Gerald Mosse to win by 1.25 lengths.
Haky was then tossed into the deep end, the G2 Prix Kergorlay (3000m) at Deauville on August 18 – when the race attracted just nine runners. Mosse again rolled forward on Haky but his lead was contested with Mille Et Mille alongside throughout, ensuring the tempo was solid. He was no match for last year’s Melbourne Cup runner-up Marmelo in the straight but stayed on gamely for third.
Haky then tried to lead throughout in the G3 Prix Gladiateur (3100m) at ParisLongchamp on September 8 but was overrun by the Group 1-performed Called To The Bar.
You really do get an appreciation of Haky’s racetrack persona when watching him at Werribee. He is a gangly sort that hasn’t been asked to do anything strenuous because the horse seems to want to go quicker all the time himself.
His recent French performances have shown him to be a free-rolling on-pacer that likes to go at a solid clip and maintain a full head of steam for longer than most.’
View Haky’s form below: