Grand veteran Hadabeclorka is at his spritely best in preparation for tomorrow's Belmont Newmarket (1200m) at Belmont Park and connections are confident he will take another step towards the $1 million stakes milestone.
The 11-year-old gelding stormed past rivals half his age when charging from ninth to finish a close third in last Saturday week's Beaufine Stakes (1000m).
Hadabeclorka's earnings stand at $891,505 and trainer Brent Larsson is aiming for a second win in the $500,000 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on November 24.
"He's as well as he was when winning the 2010 Winterbottom," Larsson said yesterday.
"There's been a few injury hiccups in Hadabeclorka's career, but he's got no soundness worries this time in.
"We were very happy with how he got home in the Beaufine at his first start for seven weeks.
"There's no deadline on the length of his career and he's thrived in training based around beach work.
"I can't see any reason why he won't be at his best when the Winterbottom is run again in November. I think his racing longevity can be attributed to the fact he did not start until aged five.
"These days, he's wise enough to stay relaxed and look after himself between races."
Hadabeclorka, who ran on to finish fourth in last year's Winterbottom, has won nine races and run 12 places in a 50-start career.
Magistrate, a 10-year-old when winning his second Perth Cup in 1982, has been the most senior feature winner event in the Ascot summer carnival's modern era. Former WA galloper Bomber Bill was also aged 10 when he won the 2006 Rubiton Stakes (1000m) in Melbourne.
The Chris Gangemi-trained Werd, who was unlucky when a first-up fifth in the Beaufine, is expected to cross quickly from the Belmont Newmarket's outside barrier and take a prominent position.
Jockey Shaun McGruddy took a trail on Werd in the Beaufine, then could not get clear until the 200m post. Jarrad Noske will ride the chestnut tomorrow.
"He didn't have a hard run in the Beaufine and pulled up well," Gangemi said yesterday. "His latest trackwork is good."
·In harness racing, young WA pacer Sensational Gabby, to be driven by Chris Lewis, has drawn the back line in tonight's Breeders' Crown 3YO Fillies second semifinal (2240m) at Melbourne's Melton Park.
Callan Suvaljko will replace Lewis on Topnotch Dan in tonight's Neapean Conveyors Marathon Handicap (3309m) at Gloucester Park.
Suvaljko, who had surgery after being kicked in the face by a horse on June 30, has scored three Gloucester Park wins since he returned to race driving last Friday.
"These days, he's wise enough to stay relaxed and look after himself between races." " Hadabeclorka trainer *Brent Larsson *