David Hayes has revealed Spillway will be lining up in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) on Saturday, with only a wet track stopping the horse from a tilt at Royal Randwick Racecourse.
The trainer is keen for a qualification in next month’s $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), which winning The Metropolitan would enhance. Spillway would gain a weight penalty, ensuring a start in the 2014 Caulfield Cup.
The Group 3 JRA Plate (2000m) winner Spillway is currently sitting 35th in the Caulfield Cup order of entry, so Hayes and co-trainer Tom Dabernig need all the help they can get.
Hayes would prefer a trip north, but has also nominated Spillway for the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on the same day, should weather issues prevent a Randwick run.
A win in the Turnbull would also enhance Spillway’s Caulfield Cup qualification chances, but Hayes believes The Metropolitan is the easier of the two options.
“I think the Metropolitan is the right option. The Turnbull will be a pretty competitive race in Melbourne and when you need to win, it might be easier at a mile-and-a-half (2400m) in handicap conditions,” Hayes told RSN’s Racing Ahead.
“I just think in the Turnbull he will run into the best weight-for-age horses in town, and in the Sydney race he would be close to favourite.
“He has won in Sydney at Randwick, so he ticks a few boxes.”
The trainer insisted that only a wet track would stop Spillway from running in Sydney: “He did a nice piece of work this morning and he’s tracking really well, he’ll go there if the weather’s right.”
The five-year-old is currently the $4.40 favourite for The Metropolitan in Ladbrokes.com.au early betting, followed by Listed McKell Cup (2400m) winner La Amistad ($6.50) and the Chris Waller-trained Junoob ($8.50), who took out the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) on September 20.
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