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David Hayes & Tom Dabernig trialed four of their Lindsay Park gallopers in jumpouts at Flemington on Friday morning, gearing up for a busy autumn carnival in Melbourne.
Fast ‘N’ Rocking and Spillway both impressed in an 800 metre trial, finishing first and second, while Girl Guide and Afleet Esprit both delivered pleasing efforts to finish behind Chivalry in the fifth heat.
Four-year-old gelding Fast ‘N’ Rocking led throughout the trial while five-year-old entire Spillway settled out wide before hitting the line strongly to finish just behind his stable mate.
Fast ‘N’ Rocking proved his recent gelding was a good decision and will likely resume in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on February 14 before tackling the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) and Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) later in the season.
“Fast ‘N’ Rocking could have won the trial by more if we let him go and he’s just a changed horse since we gelded him,” Hayes told Racing Victoria.
“We’re leaning to the Oakleigh Plate (over the Newmarket Handicap) because he’s got a disliking for the straight and we might look at the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley for him as well.”
Spillway is on track to resume in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m), which will also run at Caulfield on February 14, before targeting the $1 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 14.
If everything goes well in Melbourne, Spillway will then travel to Sydney in April for The Championships.
“I thought Spillway’s trial was as good as before the Spring,” Hayes said.
“I think he’s improved since last year where we were trying to qualify him for a Caulfield Cup.
“This year we’ll just give him a nice easy build-up and hopefully have a reasonably fresh horse to head to Sydney for The Championships with.”
The five-year-old horse was luckless during the spring, finshing outside the placings in five of his six starts and failing to qualify for the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), however Hayes is confident he has improved since then and is ready to dominate the autumn carnivals.
The entire Hayes & Dabernig team is set to resume at Caulfield on February 14 after Hayes revealed Girl Guide will line up in the Group 3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) and Afleet Esprit in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m), making it a busy meeting for the training duo.
“I thought with Chivalry they were the best in the trial and they ran home in sub 22 (seconds) so you have to be happy with that,” he said.
“I’d expect Girl Guide to be really hard to beat first-up and we’ll make a decision about whether we press on to the Futurity Stakes after that run.
“We’ll keep Afleet Esprit to sprint races and will just be guided by how she’s going but I think she’s got the makings of a top-class sprinter.”
CF Orr Stakes Day is shaping up to be an action-packed meeting, officially kicking off the 2015 autumn carnival.
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