Talented three-year-old Keen Array could head to the 2015 Coolmore Stud Stakes or the 2015 Red Anchor Stakes after he recorded an impressive victory in the Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield this afternoon.
Keen Array went into the Blue Sapphire Stakes as a clear favourite, but jockey Damian Lane was happy to settle the sprinter towards the tail of the field in the early stages of the race, while Haptic and Raphael’s Cat fought for the lead.
Lane elected to ask Keen Array for an extra effort at the 400 metre mark and he was quickly able to pick up his rivals before he held-off a fast-finishing Mogador to take out the Blue Sapphire Stakes.
Co-trainer David Hayes has always had a big opinion of Keen Array and he is pleased that the son of Bel Esprit had lived up to his talent, but he is unsure whether he will throw him in the deep end against the likes of Exosphere in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and he could have his next race start in the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day.
“It did look a two horse race and it turned out a two horse race,” Hayes said.
“I thought that Damian showed lovely poise, produced him when it mattered and I think he would have run very fast sectionals.
“He is a horse with a big future.
“I know that John O’Shea has a big opinion of Mogador and he had to be at his absolute best to beat him.
“Both horses have huge potential.
“We will think about where we go next, but there is a lovely set weights Group race at the Valley and I think he might be a bit of a freak at the Valley.
“We will think about taking on the very best next prep, we don’t want to make raceday decisions and it will either be the Valley or the Coolmore.
“We were very confident that he would get to this level.
“He was my best two-year-old this year and he went shin sore, but it is paying dividends now.”
Lane admitted that he did not expect to be as far back in the early stages of the Blue Sapphire Stakes, but he was happy with the way that the three-year-old settled.
The talented hoop believes that Keen Array still has plenty of improvement left in front on him and he said that he keen to stick with the Blue Sapphire Stakes winner in the future.
“From day one when I sat on him at Geelong I thought he had a big motor and he is going to do bigger things,” Lane said.
“He should be unbeaten this prep and he is improving all the time, he is only a green horse still.
“It is a sign of good things to come.”
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