The 2011 CS Hayes Stakes final field and barrier draw has been released with 15 three-year-old colts and geldings accepted for the Lightning Stakes Day feature at Flemington this Saturday February 19.
One of four black-type races on the 2011 Lightning Stakes Day card, the $200,000 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) is shaping up as an excellent showdown between some of the season’s most exciting three-year-olds.
Top-rated entry in this year’s CS Hayes Stakes field is the Peter Moody-trained Anacheeva.
Winner of the 2010 Caulfield Guineas and equal early favourite to win the 2011 Australian Guineas on Flemington’s Super Saturday of Racing, March 12 , Anacheeva will second-up for the season in the CS Hayes.
Last start the Anabaa colt ran seventh behind Eclair Mystic in the Listed Zeditave Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield but should return to form on Saturday over the longer 1400m distance.
Likely to open as the favourite in the CS Hayes Stakes betting odds when Luxbet markets are released is Enjin Number Nine.
Enjin Number Nine is the equal favourite in the Australian Guineas odds with Anacheeva after the Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained gelding claimed an upset win in the Listed Manfred Stakes (1300m) defeating Bullbars by an easy 2 ½ lengths on February 9.
Two kilograms lighter than Anacheeva in the CS Hayes Stakes on Saturday and drawn well in barrier five, punters will be lining up to get behind Enjin Number Nine.
Coming up trumps in the CS Hayes Stakes barrier draw is Run For Levi with the inside alley.
The Hussonet colt ran second to Anacheeva in the Caulfield Guineas during the spring but has had two disappointing runs this season resuming with a sixth in the Zeditave and then running a well-beaten eighth in the Group 2 D’Urban Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last weekend.
D’Urban Stakes winner Dusty Star is the other top fancy in the CS Hayes.
Storming into Australian Guineas contention with their eye-catching win in the D’Urban, General Nediym gelding Dusty Star is out to win their third straight race on Saturday jumping from barrier four with Steven Arnold in the mount.
Mr Chard has also drawn well with barrier two, due to be ridden by in-form hoop Craig Williams who won the 2YO Inglis Premier with Blue Diamond Stakes hopeful Masthead on Wednesday.
Prepared locally by Dean Lawson, Mr Chard enjoyed back-to-back stakes wins in the spring including their 2 ½ length victory in the Group 3 Inglis Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) on Derby Day.
First-up for the autumn the Al Samer colt was a distant seventh in the Listed Manfred Stakes, but with a better barrier draw and less weight on their back on Saturday is a top Place chance.
Other notable CS Hayes Stakes acceptors today include Hidden Dragon colt Hollowlea (barrier nine), Peter Snowden’s Manfred Stakes runner-up and Group placegetter Bullbars (barrier 15) and the Bart Cummings-trained Shamardal colt Goldstone (barrier 10).
2011 CS Hayes Stakes Field, Barriers & Weights
|#||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight (kg)||Hcp. Rating|
|1||ANACHEEVA||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||8||57.5||108|
|2||MR CHARD||Dean Lawson||Craig Williams||2||56.5||97|
|3||HOLLOWLEA||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Nicholas Hall||9||56.5||96|
|4||DUSTY STAR||Peter Morgan||Steven Arnold||4||56.5||96|
|5||RUN FOR LEVI||John P Thompson||Craig Newitt||1||55.5||96|
|6||POPULATION||Lee Freedman||Ben Melham||14||55.5||80|
|7||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Lee Freedman||Dwayne Dunn||11||55.5||76|
|8||ENJIN NUMBER NINE (NZ)||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Glen Boss||5||55.5||86|
|9||STARTSMEUP||Bruce W Hill||Paul Hammersley||6||55||82|
|10||SPIRITED EAGLE||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Clare Lindop||12||55||89|
|11||BULLBARS||Peter Snowden||Mark Zahra||15||54||78|
|12||GOLDSTONE||Bart Cummings||Michael Rodd||10||54||74|
|13||LIVEANDLETDIE||Mark Kavanagh||Damien Oliver||7||54||72|
|14||ABSOLUTELYAWESOME (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Glyn Schofield||13||54||66|
|15||DOMINANT FUTURE (NZ)||Mick Price||Michael Walker||3||54||64|