The final field for the Group 2 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) has been released, with classy colt Polanski confirmed to make his delayed 2014 debut after a rash ended his chances of returning in last week’s Autumn Stakes (1400m).
Finishing off his impressive 2014 spring campaign with three consecutive victories that included the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m), Polanski was well-backed in the days leading up to last weekend’s Group 2 event but was ruled out when veterinary experts diagnosed a significant case of hives.
With the Group 1 Australian Guineas set as the major target of the Rakti colt this preparation, trainer Robbie Laing has revealed that Polanski will now contest only the one lead-up event and head into the major event on March 1st second-up.
Facing a field of 12 competitors, Polanski will need to overcome the relatively awkward barrier nine, but will be boosted by well-trialled partner Dean Yendall, who has been confirmed to take the ride.
Queensland-based trainer Bruce Hill revealed he is particularly happy with the form of Teronado ahead of the 2014 CS Hayes Stakes, adding the talented gelding has received an ideal preparation.
Returning to racing for the first time in 2014 with a hard-fought third behind Woodbine in the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1200m) the Testa Rossa gelding managed a reasonable 2013 winter and spring, claiming a win and a place from only four starts before returning to the spelling paddock in September.
Having been partnered by several jockeys including Damian Browne and Chris Munce throughout his career, leading Melbourne-based rider Craig Newitt has been given the ride for the 2014 C.S Hayes Stakes, with an option to continue the partnership through to the Australia Guineas in March.
Also included in the final field for the 2014 C.S Hayes Stakes is the classy David Payne-trained Criterion.
After rounding out a consistent 2013 Spring campaign fourth in the Group 1 Victoria Derby, the Sebring colt has trialled well since returning to the track mid-January and is looking good to re-find the form that delivered victories in the Listed Black Opal Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) during his 2013 Autumn preparation.
A favourite amongst punters for most events he lined up in during his 2013 Spring campaign, Prince Harada was one of the season’s big disappointments; following up a strong second in the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) with two largely forgettable runs, closing his account sixth in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
Returning to action in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) on February 1st, The Haradasun colt appears to be peaking in form at the right moment, but will be up against the odds from the outset after drawing barrier 12.
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2014 CS Hayes Stakes Final Field
|#||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||41Dx78111x||POLANSKI||Robbie Laing||Dean Yendall||9||57.5kg||108|
|2||166x00224x||CRITERION (NZ)||David Payne||Nash Rawiller||11||57.5kg||94|
|3||1151x||SURGE AHEAD||Anthony Cummings||Chris Symons||3||56.5kg||75|
|4||11312×1||HUCKLEBUCK||Phillip Stokes||Dom Tourneur||1||55.5kg||84|
|5||211x3620x||SAN DIEGO||Peter Snowden||Steven Arnold||4||55.5kg||76|
|6||4x11x3||THE QUARTERBACK||Robbie Griffiths||Matthew Allen||8||55.5kg||72|
|7||11x256x4||PRINCE HARADA||Tony Vasil||Craig Williams||12||54kg||76|
|8||121x4125x3||TERONADO||Bruce W Hill||Craig Newitt||6||54kg||74|
|9||38x522230x||EPIC SAGA||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Damian Lane||7||54kg||70|
|10||210×8||MONKSTONE||Peter G Moody||Damien Oliver||5||54kg||68|
|11||211×2||KUSHADASI||Richard Jolly||Paul Gatt||10||54kg||70|
|12||1910×2||WORTH A RANSOM||Mick Price||Glen Boss||13||54kg||70|
|13||6x43x1||MAHICAN||Peter G Moody||Vlad Duric||2||54kg||63|