2016 Australian Guineas Bid for Kevin Hayes Winner Risque

February 13, 2016

2016 Australian Guineas Bid for Kevin Hayes Winner Risque

The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained New Zealand filly Risque brought her winning from down under in her Australian race debut at Caulfield Racecourse on CF Orr Stakes Day with an impressive win in the Kevin Hayes Stakes on way to the Australian Guineas 2016.


Risque wins the Kevin Hayes Stakes in her Australian debut on way to the Group 1 Australian Guineas 2016 at Flemington. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Co-trainer David Hayes named the $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 5 against the boys as the first Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival major the stable had in mind for the imported daughter of Darci Brahma.

Back in New Zealand the filly won four of her five seven starts including the Group 1 NZ Thousand Guineas (1600m) in mid-November.

In her first run since and maiden assignment for her new trainers, Risque jumped second favourite in Saturday’s $150,000 Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) after drifting out in the markets on race day.

It was a hot pace set by the runaway leader The Big Dance, who eventually crossed four lengths away fifth, and jockey Damian Lane had Risque settled back off the pace.

Having been sharp in recent jump-outs Lane originally thought his filly would be sitting closer on the pace, and Hayes and connections were looking worried 600m out when Risque still had work to do to close the gap on the likes of the John Thompson-trained favourite Mossin’ Around backing up from an Inglis Dash second and the Team Hawkes-trained Fastnet Rock filly Cana.

But as The Big Dance tired, Lane had Risque ($3.60) peeling wide round the outside running on to sweep home and storm to a big finish over the closing 50m.

On the line she had a quarter-length to spare over the Mark Zahra’s mount Mossin’ Around ($2.70F) with Cana ($6.50) a further length away third with Glen Boss in the saddle.

“I really like her, she’s the real deal,” winning hoop Lane said after the victory.

“She closed well.”

Hayes was thrilled with the win and was hoping Risque proved competitive enough to take on the boys in next month’s Australian Guineas as she looked to join Shamrocker (2011) and Mosheen (2012) as the only fillies to win the race in over 30 years.

“I really think she is (an exceptional filly),” he said.

“She’s been running exceptional times at Lindsay Park.

“I would say the Australian Guineas is the race we’re looking at.

“We’ll see how she pulls up but she’s got such a big stride, she loves Flemington and she’s proven over a mile so I think we’re on the right leg.”

To back Risque over her autumn campaign at the hottest odds and access early 2016 Australian Guineas markets, visit Ladbrokes.com.au today!

2016 Kevin Hayes Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Caulfield Race 2 – 13/02/2016

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 2 RISQUE (NZ) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Damian Lane 2 57kg $3.60
2 5 MOSSIN’ AROUND John P Thompson Mark Zahra 0.4L 3 55kg $2.70F
3 6 CANA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Glen Boss 1.4L 8 55kg $6.50
4 9 WEATHER THE STORM Robert Kingston Dwayne Dunn 2.4L 1 55kg $71
5 3 THE BIG DANCE Danny Curran Harry Coffey (a) 4.15L 4 57kg $14
6 4 THE GREY FLASH Robbie Laing Joe Bowditch 5.15L 5 57kg $61
7 1 CALAVERITE John O’Shea Ben Melham 5.25L 9 58kg $9.50
8 8 MAKE HER OWN WHEY Shaun Dwyer Billy Egan 6.75L 7 55kg $26
9 7 SAFARIANN Colin Little Damien Oliver 9.25L 6 55kg $10

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup Betti...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting U...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting Update

The Chris Waller domination of the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will...

Baker snug about Champagne Cud...

Baker snug about Champagne Cuddles chances in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup

Trainer Bjorn Baker is snug about the chances of his three year old filly...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 Queensland Oaks: Waller has 5

A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field