Returning to the track in exceptional form this time in, co-trainer David Hayes has revealed he has not counted out an appearance in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington for classy import Spillway ahead of his major target, the featured Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 18th.
Currently figuring as clear favourite in betting markets to take out this weekend’s Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield, Spillway was unlucky to finish second to Star Rolling by a nod of the head in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) first-up before stamping his claims as a serious spring contender with a fast-finishing fourth in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) last weekend.
Allocated the ideal barrier 4 for the Naturalism Stakes, Hayes told Racing Victoria Spillway’s condition following the Group 3 on Saturday will dictate whether an appearance in the Turnbull Stakes on October 4th will be necessary.
“It will all depend on how he pulls up, if we feel he needs another pipe opener then we’ll probably run in the Turnbull but we’ve also got the option to go straight into the race if he won,” Hayes said.
“He was a bit of a victim of tempo last start, we went back and I think he ran the best sectionals from the 1400m mark and didn’t win so it shows he’s going very well.”
Securing an impressive record of four wins and five minor places from just 15 competitive appearances on track to date, Spillway began his racing tenure under the guidance of British trainer Eve Johnson Houghton before transferring to the care of Hayes and co-trainer Tom Dabernig at the conclusion of his 2013 campaign.
Steadily building to the task over three autumn starts, the Rail Link entire finished seventh in the Listed Golden Mile (1600m) in Bendigo, and while unable to handle the late pace when eighth in the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Open (2000m) on April 5th, announced his arrival when charging home to claim the Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (200m) by close to three lengths on April 26th.
Confirmed to be partnered by champion jockey Damien Oliver, Spillway is currently available at odds of $3 for success the 2014 Naturalism Stakes on Saturday.
Assured ballot-free entry if successful this weekend, Spillway has cut drastically in Caulfield Cup betting markets since returning to racing this time, and is currently featured tied on the second line at a quote of $15 with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.
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