A tidy win as the odds-on favourite at Kilmore on Monday has trainers David Hayes & Tom Dabernig considering a Coolmore Stud Stakes 2014 campaign for promising colt Galaxy Pegasus.
The War Pass three-year-old returned to form with his second career win from three starts this week when Damien Oliver guided the $1.40 top fancy to a two and three-quarter length victory over Barcelona Bound ($15) in the $15,000 Scott Pickett BM64 Handicap (1107m).
While the class of his competitors wasn’t high, it was a confidence boosting mission for the up-and-comer following a failed effort in his black type debut last time out.
“We just wanted to give him a confidence builder and that’s got him back on track,” co-trainer Hayes told TVN.
“I think the earmuffs helped him, riding him a little bit off the pace helped him.”
Galaxy Pegasus caught the attention of Hayes & Dabernig on debut at Geelong on August 29 when storming home for a blistering seven length win over 1100m on the synthetic all-weather track.
That effort saw connections step him right up in grade next time out when on September 13 he ran in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.
While he tried hard in the Danehill the leap in class proved too much too soon and Galaxy Pegasus could only manage to finish nine lengths away 10th behind Rich Enuff.
The winner is now the $3.20 favourite through Ladbrokes.com.au to win the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 11.
While also originally nominated for the 2014 Caulfield Guineas, Hayes on Monday confirmed that they would run the exciting Galaxy Pegasus next-up in either the $250,000 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on October 15 or the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day 10 days later.
“Now he can go back to the city and have a crack at a better race,” he said.
“Apart from getting a bit upset up the straight in the Danehill everything he’s done in training and racing has been very good, he’s had one bad day but the stable has a very big opinion of him.”
If all goes to plan and Galaxy Pegasus can win his next start then Hayes said they would consider Flemington’s $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on Victoria Derby Day, November 1.
It is shaping up as another crack edition of the Coolmore Stud Stakes this year with the headline hopeful being the undefeated James & Bart Cummings-trained Hallowed Crown.
Last seen winning the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) in Sydney by a narrow margin, Street Sense colt Hallowed Crown is nominated to run again this weekend in Randwick’s $175,000 Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m).
Also Coolmore Stud Stakes bound this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is the Gerald Ryan-trained Encosta De Lago colt Rubick, fourth in the Blue Diamond to Earthquake in the autumn but unraced since.
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