Gai Waterhouse’s hope at back-to-back CS Hayes Stakes wins has been boosted by the gun barrier one draw for her in-form hopeful River Wild in this Saturday’s Flemington clash.
Set to run as Flemington Race 6 at 3:25pm (local) on Black Caviar Lightning Day, this year’s $150,000 Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) attracted a final field of 12 three-year-old colts and geldings.
Many are heading towards a return to the track on March 5 for the $750,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).
Last Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival Waterhouse claimed the CS Hayes Stakes – Australian Guineas double with Wandjina (2015).
Now she is back with a $21 hope in futures Australian Guineas betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, River Wild.
The progressive Fastnet Rock colt comes off back-to-back wins from January, the latest over 1400m at Rosehill in a Benchmark 72.
He steps out in Melbourne and rises notably in class for the CS Hayes Stakes, but has the right draw with Damien Oliver aboard.
The shortest-priced of the CS Hayes Stakes runners in the all-in Australian Guineas odds though is the Darren Weir-trained Palentino ($6).
The Teofilo colt was luckless first-up in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield where a blocked run saw him finish just under three lengths away seventh to Puritan first-up.
He is looking to improve with a smoother run second-up this weekend and return to winning form on way to his Group 1 test.
Along with River Wild the only other last start winner accepted into the CS Hayes Stakes field is the Michael Moroney-trained Tivaci who Craig Williams rides from a wide barrier 11 draw.
The High Chaparral colt saluted at Pakenham Park on February 4 over 1200m, but has good form at Flemington in black-type company over further and was far from disgraced on Derby Day last time in when fifth to Mahuta in the Group 3 Carbine Club Takes (1600m).
Moroney has also accepted for Tulsa who suffered a wide gate as well in 12 with Ben Melham riding; both of Moroney’s hopes at $21 for the Australian Guineas next month.
Also with dual runners in Saturday’s showdown is Peter Moody who saddles-up Gold Symphony in barrier three and Vostok in gate eight.
Nicely-bred Reward For Effort colt Gold Symphony enjoyed back-to-back Group 3 races at Caulfield last August before his fifth on return in mid-January’s Inglis Dash at Flemington.
His last start was a disappointing Manfred Stakes run when last (12th) from the outside barrier, something he is out to atone for from a better barrier this weekend.
Consistent stablemate Vostok has won three of his four starts to date, the son of Starcraft also running an eye-catching fourth beaten under two lengths in the Manfred Stakes in his first stakes assignment.
Sixth in the Manfred first-up and set to improve off the run is the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Encosta De Lago colt Sovereign Nation who won the Group 2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley last October before his Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) fourth to Press Statement.
Other notable CS Hayes Stakes hopefuls including Mick Price’s Manfred Stakes third placegetter Ready For Victory who was also third in the Caulfield Guineas last preparation, Caulfield Guineas runner-up Lizard Island who returns in gate four this weekend and Manfred fifth placed grey Top Me Up.
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2016 CS Hayes Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Flemington Race 6 – 20/02/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||1211×50||GOLD SYMPHONY||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||3||58.5kg||84|
|2||4132119×9||BON AURUM||Ciaron Maher||James McDonald||9||57.5kg||82|
|3||17148×6||SOVEREIGN NATION||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||6||57.5kg||84|
|4||211×7||PALENTINO||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||5||57.5kg||71|
|5||47x23939x3||READY FOR VICTORY||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||7||56.5kg||87|
|6||13×411||RIVER WILD||Gai Waterhouse||Damien Oliver||1||56kg||74|
|7||2x6321228x||LIZARD ISLAND||Pat Hyland||Nicholas Hall||4||55kg||90|
|8||4x42418x15||TOP ME UP||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||10||55kg||72|
|9||1114||VOSTOK||Peter G Moody||Daniel Stackhouse||8||55kg||74|
|10||13244527×0||PATCH ADAMS||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Declan Bates||2||55kg||72|
|11||3x1628x8||TULSA||Michael Moroney||Ben Melham||12||55kg||72|
|12||12205×1||TIVACI||Michael Moroney||Craig Williams||11||55kg||72|