Hardline showed his class at Doomben yesterday afternoon to remain unbeaten this preparation.
The Showcasing three-year-old was tardily away from the outside gate before settling off a strong speed. Regular rider Damian Browne got him into the clear on straightening and the colt did the rest. Hardline lengthened stride to post the third win of his four start career.
After winning the Listed Karaka Million last season, trainer Liam Birchley has taken a patient approach. He gave him a long break before successfully resuming at Caloundra earlier this month.
Hardline may now be given his Group One chance in Melbourne during the rich spring carnival.
He was purchased by Birchley for $130,000 out of Hallmark Stud’s Select Sale line-up at Karaka last year.