2015 Kevin Hayes Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

A small yet classy field of just seven three-year-old fillies will run in the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday following the field and barrier draw this morning.

Afleet Esprit is one of seven fillies set to run in the Kevin Hayes Stakes at Caulfield this Saturday.

Afleet Esprit is one of seven fillies set to run in the Kevin Hayes Stakes at Caulfield this Saturday. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

Chris Waller’s Amicus has already been scratched from the race in favour of the Group 2 Light Finger Stakes (1200m) in Sydney, despite scoring the inside jump from barrier one.

The Kevin Hayes Stakes is one of eight races running in support of the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) this weekend, marking the official beginning of autumn racing in Melbourne.

All but two of the fillies running in the race are resuming on Saturday, including Fontein Ruby and Afleet Esprit.

Robert Smerdon’s Fontein Ruby had a busy campaign at the end of the last year, running straight through from July to November with eight starts. The filly stepped up to Group level racing for the first time in October, winning the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) and Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) back-to-back.

Fontein Ruby couldn’t find the placings her next time out in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) and dropped right out of the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) on November 6, finishing dead last.

Running on Saturday for the first time since finishing last in the Crown Oaks, Fontein Ruby will jump from the outside gate with Mark Zahra to ride. She will carry the top weight of 58.5kg along with Afleet Esprit.

The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained filly won both the Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes and Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) during the spring but did not enjoy the 1600 metre trip in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas, in which she finished second last.

Afleet Esprit will enjoy an inside jump from barrier two in the Kevin Hayes Stakes with Damien Oliver in the saddle.

Other fillies resuming on Saturday include Gerald Ryan’s Lucky Raquie, Thousand Guineas third Sabatini who will jump from barrier one, and Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) minor placer Thinking Of You.

The two runners who will have fitness on their side in Saturday’s race are Royal Snitzel and Boundary.

The Mick Price-trained Royal Snitzel has finished in the first two in all four of her starts and won a Benchmark 70 at Moonee Valley on January 24. The filly will enjoy a jump from barrier three with Dale Smith while Boundary will jump from barrier five with Brad Rawiller.

Check out the complete 2015 Kevin Hayes Stakes field and barrier draw below. Betting markets for the race will open at Ladbrokes.com.au shortly so make sure your betting account is ready to bet with.

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2015 Kevin Hayes Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x31151160x FONTEIN RUBY Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Robert Smerdon Mark Zahra 8 58.5kg 92
2 6x121119x AFLEET ESPRIT Super Vobis Bonus Scheme David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Damien Oliver 3 58.5kg 92
3 316x3221x AMICUS Super Vobis Bonus Scheme Chris Waller Craig Williams 1 57.5kg 103
4 3x61580x4x LUCKY RAQUIE Gerald Ryan Chad Schofield 7 57.5kg 78
5 211353x SABATINI Lee & Shannon Hope Nicholas Hall 2 57.5kg 88
6 112×1 ROYAL SNITZEL Mick Price Dale Smith 4 56.5kg 78
7 113x THINKING OF YOU (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 5 56kg 76
8 12351 BOUNDARY Heath Conners Brad Rawiller 6 56kg 70


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