The Ben, Will & JD Hayes-trained Cox...
The Ben, Will & JD Hayes-trained Cox Plate-bound Mr Brightside picked-up right where he left off making history with a successful first-up title defence in the 2023 P.B. Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
For the first time in 52 years a horse went back-to-back in the now Group 2 $300,000 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) with Mr Brightside resuming a winner.
The six-year-old son of Bullbars continued to outrace his pedigree with big targets to come again this spring following on from his outstanding autumn.
At his two final runs of the autumn he won the $5 million All-Star Mile (1600m) at The Valley before enjoying his second success in Sydney’s Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).
He has now added a second P.B. Lawrence Stakes trophy to cabinet thanks to a gun ride fresh by jockey Craig Williams.
“I was very nervous,” admitted co-trainer Ben Hayes.
“But, from when he jumped he landed in a beautiful position and it was an easy watch.
“A 10/10 ride by Craig.
“(Mr Brightside) really stamped his authority today.
“Hopefully he’s improved again.”
Williams had the hot favourite in a lovely position soon after the jump with Mr Brightside getting a charmed run fourth throughout as Buffalo River and Western Empire set a quick pace up front.
With 500m left to travel Mr Brightside ($2.35F) began to creep forward off that hot speed really knuckling in at the 250m.
He ambled up, got into the clear with 100m to go and was far too good flying home late for a nearly two-length win over the in-form Pinstriped ($6).
In a close third just a neck further back adding value to the P.B. Lawrence Stakes trifecta was the Andrew Forsman-trained Kiwi Aegon ($20).
On the Good (4) track they were racing fast mid-sectionals and Mr Brightside won in a slick time of 1 minute 21.71 seconds to break the class record.
Chasing a hot speed, Mr Brightside travelled so well and was dominant late winning like the clear favourite he was never relinquishing the lead soon after straightening.
“One of his attributes is he’s so consistent…that’s why he’s got such a terrific win record,” JD Hayes said.
“Hopefully he gives them (the owners) a few more reasons to cheer during the spring.”
There is a plethora of spring options in both Melbourne and Sydney for Mr Brightside with potential targets including the newly-renamed Group 1 $5 million King Charles III Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on The Everest Day (October 14th) and of course the Group $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley (October 28th).
The team confirmed next-up plans for Mr Brightside for a Caulfield return on September 2 in the Group 1 $750,000 Memsie Stakes (1400m).
“We will see how he pulls up, but the Memsie will probably be his next assignment,” Hayes confirmed.
“Maybe the Makybe Diva Stakes, but Sydney looks quite tempting with the big prize money.
“We’ll just have to see how he runs take it run by run.”
The latest all-in Memsie Stakes 2023 odds online – available in full from Ladbrokes.com.au by clicking here – have Mr Brightside as the $4.20 second elect behind the Peter Moody-trained I Wish I Win ($2.80).
2023 P.B. Lawrence Stakes Results & Finishing Order
|1||1||MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ)||Ben, Will & JD Hayes||Craig Williams||9||59kg||$2.35F|
|2||11||PINSTRIPED||Enver Jusufovic||Ben Allen||1.75L||4||59kg||$6|
|3||4||AEGON (NZ)||Andrew Forsman||Michael Dee||1.85L||13||59kg||$20|
|4||3||TUVALU||Lindsey Smith||Blake Shinn||1.95L||12||59kg||$7|
|5||15||ATTRITION||Mitchell Freedman||Ben Melham||2.15L||11||58.5kg||$9|
|6||9||POUNDING||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||Luke Nolen||2.55L||8||59kg||$21|
|7||13||FORGOT YOU (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Daniel Moor||3.8L||14||59kg||$201|
|8||12||UNCLE BRYN (GB)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Mark Zahra||6.05L||6||59kg||$26|
|9||10||BUFFALO RIVER (USA)||Michael Moroney||Damien Oliver||6.15L||1||59kg||$31|
|10||5||WESTERN EMPIRE (NZ)||John Leek (Jnr)||Ethan Brown||6.45L||5||59kg||$20|
|11||16e||CHASSIS||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Dean Yendall||9.2L||2||57kg||$21|
|12||2||REGAL POWER||John Leek (Jnr)||Beau Mertens||10.95L||3||59kg||$101|
|13||6||EL BODEGON (IRE)||Chris Waller||Damian Lane||14.95L||7||59kg||$21|
|14||18e||EDISON||Nick Ryan||Craig Newitt||16.7L||10||59kg||$51|
|17e||DENY KNOWLEDGE (IRE)||Michael Kent||Luke Currie||0|
|7||FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE)||Chris Waller||Damian Lane||0|
|14||GOLDEN MILE||James Cummings||0|
|8||KING MAGNUS||Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock||Jamie Mott||0|
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