The gelding finished second to Winx in the Warwick Stakes and was subsequently a dominant winner of the Chelmsford Stakes and Hill Stakes.
“The decision was made in consultation with the whole team here and abroad and it was decided to send Hartnell to the Turnbull Stakes,” trainer John O’Shea said on the Godolphin website.
Hartnell heads the Caulfield Cup market at $5.50 and is on the second line of Cox Plate betting at $8 behind Winx at $1.85.
“All of the spring features in Melbourne remain on the table and a decision will be made on a global basis that considers the locally-trained horses as well as those coming from overseas,” O’Shea said.
“We are excited about sending him to Melbourne and look forward to him running in the Turnbull next weekend.”
Godolphin-owned Scottish, trained by Charlie Appleby, is also high in the Caulfield Cup market at $13.
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