Classy two-year-old Zara Bay undoubtedly faces the biggest test of her short racing career this weekend, however trainer Wayne Hawkes is confident she has the class to beat a talent-rich filed in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) at Doomben.
A filly by renowned sire Fastnet Rock, Zara Bay is out of Group 1 placed mare Legally Bay; a stakes winner and trained by Hawkes’ father John.
Thrilled to have been given the task of training the talented two-year-old, Hawkes told Racing Ahead he is confident Zara Bay’s only competitive performance to date points towards a competitive performance in the 2015 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes.
“Obviously straight after the race I was watching the interview and James Cummings said they had a big opinion of the winner, so that always makes you feel a bit better after the race,” Hawkes said.
“She would have been a star at the Inglis easter sales but they decided to keep her so she’s definitely an A Grade on pedigree and type.
“She’s only been beaten by a bob of the head and a bob of a head.
“She’s a lovely filly going somewhere and she’s only had the one run. There’s very few Fastnet Rocks that get there at two … She’s probably doing things she shouldn’t.”
Performing well in two Sydney barrier trials prior to her competitive debut, Zara Bay jumped from the gates well in the Cellarbrations Maiden Plate (1250m) at Canterbury on May 13th, settling in prime position on the heels of the race’s early leaders.
Receiving a good run in transit, jockey Tommy Berry steadily pressed Zara Bay forward and reach leaders Who’s Gorgeous and Pedrille in the final 100m; unlucky to cross the line third by a luckless bob of the head.
Allocated the ideal barrier 5, Zara Bay has been confirmed to be partnered by in-form veteran Glen Boss and will carry just 55kgs in the 2015 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes.
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