Wide Draw for Royal Haunt in 2013 CS Hayes Stakes Field

Royal Haunt is unbeaten from three starts but will have to be at his absolute best to keep that record intact on Saturday after drawing the outside barrier 12 position for the Group 3 2013 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.

Both Royal Haunt and Albrecht (pictured) have drawn wide for the CS Hayes Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Peter Moody-trained galloper won the Listed Manfred Stakes by a convincing 4 1/2 lengths at Caulfield on February 2 and in doing so announced himself as a potential Australian Guineas contender.

Also drawing poorly is Darley colt Albrecht who will jump from just one spot inside Royal Haunt in barrier 11.

The Peter Snowden-trained three-year-old is on trial for an Australian Guineas berth after a disappointing first-up sixth in the Manfred Stakes.

The son of Redoute’s Choice was favourite in the Manfred on the back of spring campaign that saw him finish second in the Golden Rose but could not produce anywhere near his best on the day.

Snowden has said he will need to show great improvement to continue on to the Guineas or he will take him home to Sydney.

Royal Haunt is not the only unbeaten galloper in the field, with Michael Kent’s promising colt Philippi due to have his first start since the spring.

The son of Host will be ridden by Craig Williams from barrier two after a debut campaign that saw him convincingly win his first three starts including the Listed UCI Stakes.

Greg Eurell will hoping either Force Command or Hosting can turn the tables on Royal Haunt after the pair finished second and third respectively in the Manfred Stakes.

Others included in the field for three-year-old colts and geldings’ event are Bart Cummings’ stakes winner Lunar Rise, the in-form Bass Straight and Mark Kavanagh-trained colt Sheer Talent.

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CS Hayes Stakes 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 0x7113412x LUNAR RISE Bart Cummings Steven Arnold 6 56.5kg 93
2 13122×6 ALBRECHT Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 11 55.5kg 95
3 111x PHILIPPI Michael Kent Craig Williams 2 55.5kg 84
4 111 ROYAL HAUNT Peter G Moody TBA 12 55.5kg 78
5 38×11 BASS STRAIT (NZ) David Hayes Glen Boss 8 54kg 67
6 4x06x2 FORCE COMMAND Greg Eurell Dwayne Dunn 7 54kg 66
7 1×3 HOSTING Greg Eurell Chris Symons 3 54kg 65
8 2147x HIGH ESTEEM Peter G Moody TBA 1 54kg 62
9 71x5x4 SHEER TALENT Mark Kavanagh Stephen Baster 9 54kg 64
10 31320x GERONTIUS David Hayes Nicholas Hall 10 54kg 62
11 4218x PINS OF PELE (NZ) Anthony Freedman Vlad Duric 5 54kg 62
12 014 PRAKTICALITY Troy Portelli Craig Newitt 4 54kg 62