Wez Hunter’s Perth expat Disposition will have his first start for his new Victorian stable and trainer this weekend in the CS Hayes Stakes 2015 at Flemington Racecourse.
Now officially based at Mornington and under Hunter’s preparation, the three-year-old Reset gelding is one of 14 of his type making up the field for this year’s $150,000 Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m).
The Black Caviar Lightning Stakes Day support act runs as Race 6 at 3:55pm (AEDT) and Disposition has drawn well for his interstate debut in barrier four for top hoop Craig Williams.
He, like the majority of his CS Hayes Stakes rivals on Saturday, is nominated for both the $500,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 7 and the $1 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) back at Flemington the following Saturday.
Connections are first hoping the galloper can live up to his potential on Saturday racing for the first time since a brave second to Chris Waller’s Sydney raider Moriarty in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (2800m) back at Ascot on December 6.
He currently occupies the third line of the early Australian Guineas betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $11 in markets led by the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win ($8) and Lucky Liberty ($9).
Henry Dwyer’s undefeated Statue Of Liberty gelding Lucky Liberty also challenges in the CS Hayes Stakes on Saturday but from an outside barrier 12 draw for jockey Michelle Payne.
His short price in the futures Australian Guineas odds is due to him winning all three of his career starts to date, including over 1420m at Flemington on January 31, but he is as yet untested in black type company.
The other headline CS Hayes Stakes acceptor at short odds to win the Group 1 early next month is then Stratum Star ($15).
Darren Weir’s Stratum colt has barrier 11 to overcome this weekend as he looks for his first win since taking out the Listed Gothic Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield back on October 11 during the spring.
Since then he has had three runs for three second place finishes including in the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) behind Petrology in November and first-up behind Profit Share over 1300m back at Sandown on February 7.
Chivalry is another notable 2015 Australian Guineas hope going into the race via the traditional CS Hayes Stakes lead-up, the Mark Kavanagh-trained Street Cry colt second-up here.
His second-up record is good with a win and a second from two runs, Chivalry’s resuming run being a fourth to Profit Share in the same race Startum Star comes via.
Before that his latest run was at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day when fifth in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) following an earlier fifth to Shooting To Win in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
Caulfield Guineas sixth placed O’Reilly gelding Merion is another CS Hayes Stakes hopeful on Saturday, the Michael Moroney-trained galloper coming off a third to Profit Share in the William Hill Plate that could prove the form line for this weekend.
Other notable CS Hayes Stakes hopefuls include the Peter Moody-trained Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) winner from last Saturday San Nicasio, Chris Waller’s Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes winner from Derby Day Kermadec who comes off a first-up fourth to Scissor Kick in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) in Sydney, the Gold Coast’s Magic Millions 3YO Guineas runner-up Testashadow and Gai Waterhouse’s resuming Caulfield Guineas third placed Snitzel colt Wandjina.
See below for the full CS Hayes Stakes 2015 field, barriers, jockeys and set weights plus penalties.
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2015 CS Hayes Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Flemington Race 6 (3:55pm) – 21/02/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||111122x||DISPOSITION||Wez Hunter||Craig Williams||4||56.5kg||95|
|2||x3121122x2||STRATUM STAR||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||11||56.5kg||86|
|3||38x12655x4||CHIVALRY||Mark Kavanagh||Damian Lane||8||56.5kg||86|
|4||11x4169x3||MERION (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Steven Arnold||9||56.5kg||82|
|5||15×141||SAN NICASIO||Peter G Moody||Ben Melham||13||56.5kg||86|
|6||121×4||KERMADEC (NZ)||Chris Waller||Mark Zahra||2||56.5kg||86|
|7||x6212x4212||TESTASHADOW||Gary Portelli||Dean Yendall||5||55kg||80|
|8||44x404730x||WANDJINA||Gai Waterhouse||Damien Oliver||6||54kg||95|
|9||211×1360||BASCULE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Michael Walker||1||54kg||75|
|10||111||LUCKY LIBERTY||Henry Dwyer||Ms Michelle Payne||12||54kg||73|
|11||11×6||HAURAKI||John O’Shea||Chad Schofield||10||54kg||69|
|12||112×7||ORIENT LINE||John Moloney||Craig Newitt||7||54kg||69|
|13||1x240x7||BETTER LAND||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||3||54kg||67|
|14||4×711||MINNESINGER||Lee & Anthony Freedman||James Winks||14||54kg||67|