Helmet Heads 2012 CS Hayes Stakes Nominations

Peter Snowden’s overseas-bound champion Helmet will kick-off his swansong season in Australia this Saturday racing first-up in the CS Hayes Stakes 2012 at Flemington.


Oveseas-bound Helmet resumes in the 2012 CS Hayes Stakes this Saturday at Flemington

One of the major support races on a crack 2012 Lightning Stakes Day program, the $150,000 Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1410m) has attracted a bumper list of 22 nominations with three-time elite level hero Helmet heading the entries.

Last seen finishing eighth as the beaten favourite in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m), Helmet has been one of Snowden and Darley’s best colts and will run on Saturday before going into the $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 3.

Helmet is already nearing odds-on territory in the ante-post 2012 Australian Guineas odds at Luxbet, their current price of $2.60 likely to be wound right in should they salute in their resuming run this weekend.

He will then to embark on an international career starting on Dubai World Cup night on March 31 racing under Snowden’s name for the final time before heading to Europe for new connections Godolphin.

The ace son of Exceed And Excel is sure to face some quality competition in the CS Hayes Stakes field this weekend, but they are also sure to start the short-priced favourite in the Luxbet markets.

Following Helmet the other most noteworthy CS Hayes Stakes entries this year include Victoria Derby third placegetter Sabrage, Caulfield Guineas third palcegetter Huegill, the Danny O’Brien-trained Decircles, last-start Manfred Stakes second (That’s The One) and third (Highly Recommended) placegetters.

The Flemington racing action will be highlighted by the $750,000 Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) where a title defense by the undefeated Black Caviar could be on the cards.

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2012 CS Hayes Stakes Nominations

Flemington – 18/02/2012

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 HELMET Peter Snowden 1 57.5kg 112
2 INSTINCTION Mick Price 2 56.5kg 89
3 SABRAGE Michael Moroney 3 55.5kg 93
4 SPECTER Anthony Freedman 4 55.5kg 84
5 ALPHA MAN Heather Lehmann 10 54kg 72
6 BALZEUS Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 20 54kg 61
7 BIG BUDDIE Andrew Sawden 22 54kg 62
8 CAPE CANAVERAL Danny O’Brien 21 54kg 62
9 DECIRCLES Danny O’Brien 7 54kg 78
10 FIRST COURSE Ken Keys 8 54kg 72
11 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Peter G Moody 5 54kg 80
12 HUEGILL Peter G Moody 6 54kg 86
13 I FEEL GOOD Frankie Stockdale 12 54kg 62
14 INSTALMENT Mark Kavanagh 11 54kg 70
15 IT IS WRITTEN Robbie Griffiths 14 54kg 67
16 MOTORISED John Sadler 16 54kg 64
17 NICONOISE David Hayes 13 54kg 70
18 SHANGHAI WARRIOR Pat Hyland 18 54kg 64
19 TALLICA Mark Riley 19 54kg 62
20 TAXI DRIVER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 17 54kg 64
21 THAT’S THE ONE Colin & Cindy Alderson 9 54kg 78
22 TONED Robert Hickmott 15 54kg 70