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The Lindsay Park trained Keen Array found himself back in the winner’s stall with his victory in the Group 2 $200,000 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington today.
Winning jockey Mark Zahra had Keen Array ($8) on the pace from the outset and was able to hold on to score a nose win over the Queensland sprinter Sold For Song ($20) with third placegetter Malibu Style ($26) also close up in a blanket finish.
The $2.80 favourite Spieth was always well back in the field and never threatened to finish eighth.
Co-trainer Tom Dabernig, who trains in partnership with David and Ben Hayes, said that Keen Array has taken a long time to regain his best form and now might find himself tackling Group 1 company again.
“I think it has just taken a little bit to get him fit,” Dabernig said.
“He has had a long time off and I must admit that last start at Caulfield we were a little bit disappointed. He was up on the pace and got out sprinted and was only even into the line.”
“But today he sat forward, there looked to be a lack of speed and he sort of controlled the race and they couldn’t get passed him.”
“Full credit to the horse. Always a horse that has been a high talent and it is great to see back in winning form.”
“It is a good time of year to have him in form and this opens up plenty of options for him for sure.”
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2017 Gilgai Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Flemington Race 4 – 07/10/2017
|1||3||KEEN ARRAY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||–||5||56.5kg||$8|
|2||9||SOLD FOR SONG||Kevin Kemp||James Orman (a)||0.1L||4||54kg||$20|
|3||5||MALIBU STYLE||Neville Parnham||Steven Parnham||0.2L||2||56.5kg||$26|
|4||7||BONS AWAY||Aaron Purcell||Ms Linda Meech||0.7L||7||56kg||$10|
|5||6||SILENT SEDITION||Andrew Noblet||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||1.7L||9||56kg||$4|
|6||2||ULMANN||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||2.95L||6||57kg||$21|
|7||8||LAND OF PLENTY||Grahame Begg||Dwayne Dunn||3.05L||1||56kg||$9.50|
|8||4||SPIETH (NZ)||Bryce Heys||Corey Brown||3.55L||8||56.5kg||$2.80F|
|9||1||THE QUARTERBACK||Robbie Griffiths||Matthew Allen||33.55L||3||57.5kg||$16|
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