The five-year-old then allayed any doubts over his ability to run 2,400 metres when he had little luck gaining clear running when third behind Boom Time and Single Gaze in the Caulfield Cup (2,400m) a week later.
Johannes Vermeer must again head into uncharted territory over the 3,200 metres of the Melbourne Cup, but he's been given the ideal barrier to help him conserve energy until the closing stages.
The decision to step up Hartnell over the 3,200 metres in the Cup came as somewhat of a surprise, but one thing is for sure — his trainer's grandfather knew a thing or two about training Cup winners.
It's been almost 80 years since an eight-year-old won the Melbourne Cup, and that's a piece of history Almandin is looking to rewrite on Tuesday.
The six-year-old has missed the placings only once in 10 career starts; it happened to be at his latest start when fifth behind Cup rival Marmelo in the Prix de Kergorlay (3,000m) in France.
Red Cardinal did not handle the track and was suffering a skin allergy on that occasion but Wohler says he still ran in order to keep his Cup campaign on track.
But he is not without his quirks and is often his own worst enemy with a penchant for not running straight when put under full pressure.Before that hiccup the horse had scored back-to-back wins including the Belmont Gold Cup (3,200m) in the US, where fellow Cup runners Wicklow Brave and Wall Of Fire were left in his wake.He was handed no favours with the barrier draw but he'll have the services of Kerrin Mc Evoy, who is aiming for a third Cup victory after success aboard Brew (2000) and Almandin (2016).Humidor boasts an excellent Flemington record including an Australian Cup win and a dominant victory in the Makybe Diva Stakes this spring when he left Hartnell and others in his wake.His poor racing manners were then on show when third in the Turnbull Stakes before he ran fifth in the Caulfield Cup (2,400m) when he had excuses.