2014 CS Hayes Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

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).

Polanski will make his delayed 2014 debut in the CS Hayes Stakes

Polanski will make his delayed 2014 debut in the CS Hayes Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

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

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