2020 CS Hayes Stakes Nominations Attracts Star 3YOs Alligator Blood, Catalyst

February 11, 2020

2020 CS Hayes Stakes Nominations Attracts Star 3YOs Alligator Blood, Catalyst

It is shaping up as a sensational edition of the CS Hayes Stakes 2020 at Flemington on Saturday with a star-studded list of gun three-year-olds making up the early entries.

Alligator Blood. Photo: Steve Hart.

Magic Millions 3YO Guineas champ Alligator Blood is narrow favourite to win the 2020 CS Hayes Stakes at Flemington this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

A key lead-up to the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) held back at the track over a mile on February 29, the Group 3 $160,000 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) nominations feature 13 hopefuls.

Heading the all-in CS Hayes Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au this Black Caviar Lightning Day at $2.70 is champion Queenslander Alligator Blood.

David Vandyke’s brilliant son of All Too Hard has had nine runs for eight wins and a second in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) over the spring.

His latest three starts over the summer have all been at home in the sunshine state including the $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) victory by two lengths despite having been caught-up in a four-hour traffic delay pre-race.

The gelding sees the straight Flemington track for the first time in the CS Hayes Stakes and races in Melbourne for the first time since the narrow Caulfield Guineas second to Super Seth.

Hot on his heels in the pre-field CS Hayes Stakes betting market at $2.80 to win his down under debut is the Clayton Chipperfield-trained New Zealand raider Catalyst.

The Darci Brahma gelding also comes into the race with just the one career loss to date having secured his sixth turf triumph first-up at Ellerslie on January 25.

Winner of the Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas (1600m) back in November, the up-and-comer continues to win his races back home by big margins including the Group 3 Mr Tiz Trophy (1200m) fresh.

He carried 60.5kg to the 2.5 length win to kick off his summer – autumn campaign earning a shot at the big boys in Australia where connections will be desperate for him not to miss the kick like he did last time out.

“He got away with it the other day at Ellerslie but that was against moderate opposition. It will be a tougher task on Saturday,” jockey James McDonald, booked for the ride on Saturday, told Racenet.

“Alligator Blood will be tough enough. Not many have been able to give him a start, to be fair. Only Super Seth has beaten him.

“He (Alligator Blood) looks a very exciting horse.

“He (Catalyst) looks pretty special from what I’ve seen but he’s still on a bit of a learning curve.

“He does a few things wrong and he has got a chink in his armour where he can be slow away but obviously, he has got a devastating turn of foot.

“If he does everything well, he’ll be ultra-impressive.”

Caulfield Guineas winner Super Seth holds a CS Hayes Stakes nomination but it has since been confirmed he will bypass the race in favour of a run in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield Saturday week on Blue Diamond Stakes Day.

Exciting SA galloper Dalasan ($5.50) coming off a first-up third to Super Seth in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes and VRC Derby placegetter Soul Patch ($8) are tipped the other major players in a hot race.

Click here for the latest all-in CS Hayes Stakes 2020 odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of the final field being revealed on Wednesday morning.

2020 CS Hayes Stakes Nominations

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 113x1651x1 SUPER SETH C 3 Anthony Freedman 1 58.5kg 109
2 74x34121x WARNING G 3 Anthony Freedman 2 58.5kg 107
3 71x1111x1 CATALYST (NZ) G 3 Clayton Chipperfield 3 58.5kg 108
4 23111x7L0x YOURDEEL (NZ) G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 4 58.5kg 94
5 1x1112x111 ALLIGATOR BLOOD G 3 David Vandyke 5 57.5kg 108
6 12x11251x3 DALASAN C 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 6 57.5kg 97
7 1x21813x SOUL PATCH C 3 Ken Keys 7 57.5kg 92
8 x142364212 CONQUEROR C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 8 56kg 88
9 1×4 SPEND C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 9 56kg 68
10 4x1333x6 GROUNDSWELL C 3 Anthony Freedman 10 55kg 81
11 7313027x VEGAS KNIGHT G 3 Colin Little 11 55kg 72
12 12×142 BIG PARADE C 3 Clare Cunningham 12 55kg 74
13 12x CHENIER C 3 Anthony Freedman 13 55kg 65

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