Sunday at the Sunshine Coast sees the postponed...
The David Hayes-led Lindsay Park stable celebrated their incredible 10th Australian Cup success with Fifty Stars backing-up from his Blamey Stakes win last weekend to take out the $1.5 million feature on ‘Super Saturday’.
The team are now waiting to see how the gutsy Sea The Star entire comes through the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) triumph before deciding whether to race him on three straight Saturday’s for a shot at the $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m) at Caulfield.
“It was a real thrill to win the 10th is just a fantastic effort from everyone for a lot of years,” Hall of Famer Hayes said.
“They can do it (race three times in three weeks). I saw the Irish mare (Magic Wand) do it last year (running in the Cox Plate, Melbourne Cup, Mackinnon Stakes)…so we’ll think about it for a couple of days and not make any rash decisions.”
Five-year-old Fifty Stars added to his value at stud going back-to-back at Flemington as the first winner of the Blamey Stakes – Australian Cup double since Better Loosen Up (1991).
Ridden to victory again by Irishman John Allen, who enjoyed his eighth Group 1 success, Fifty Stars ($7) was excellent late charging home for a half-length win over star Perth galloper Regal Power ($6).
“A huge thrill and it’s great to get a winner,” Allen said post-race.
“He’s got a good turn of foot.
“I was delighted to get on him today.”
It was a huge training performance to have Fifty Stars firing again on the short turnaround and a super ride from Allen travelling behind Railway Stakes winner Regal Power, who looked the winner at the 300m before being run down.
In a brilliant return to racing was the Danny O’Brien-trained Melbourne Cup champion Vow And Declare ($14) who rounded out the Australian Cup trifecta in third, two lengths ahead of the race’s two-time champion Harlem ($19) also representing Lindsay Park.
“We planned this race for a long time,” Hayes said of the Australian Cup for Fifty Stars.
“We set him for it and it paid off. I thought the tactics were spot on on the day too.
“All credit to Johnny Allen who sat on him and produced him late.
“He’s that (a high-quality horse) so he fitted the bill.”
Fifty Stars qualified for the 2020 The All-Star Mile field via the Blamey and is currently paying $13 to go around again and win the Special Conditions feature.
Regal Power, raced by prolific WA owner-breeder Bob Peters, is an emergency for The All-Star Mile and will back-up in the event joining stablemate Superstorm ($8) – a Wild Card contender – for trainers Grant & Alana Williams should he gain a start.
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2020 Australian Cup Results
|1||7||FIFTY STARS (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||John Allen||–||13||59kg||$7|
|2||6||REGAL POWER||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||0.5L||12||59kg||$6|
|3||1||VOW AND DECLARE||Danny O’Brien||Craig Williams||1.25L||10||59kg||$14|
|4||4||HARLEM (GB)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Jamie Kah||3.5L||2||59kg||$19|
|5||2||AVILIUS (GB)||James Cummings||Dwayne Dunn||4.25L||9||59kg||$3.20F|
|6||8||MIRAGE DANCER (GB)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Ben Melham||5L||6||59kg||$13|
|7||9||SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Michael Dee||6L||14||59kg||$21|
|8||14||MISS SISKA||Grahame Begg||Damian Lane||6.5L||7||57kg||$16|
|9||3||SUZUKA DEVIOUS (JPN)||Mitsuru Hashida||Dean Yendall||6.6L||8||59kg||$101|
|10||5||KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jye McNeil||6.8L||1||59kg||$8|
|11||10||HUSH WRITER (JPN)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Brad Rawiller||7.55L||11||59kg||$41|
|12||13||CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Glen Boss||14.55L||4||58.5kg||$26|
|13||12||CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||15.55L||5||58.5kg||$41|
|14||11||VENICE BEACH (IRE)||Danny O’Brien||Fred W Kersley (a)||15.75L||3||59kg||$151|
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