The Lindsay Park stable has enjoyed a dream run through Melbourne’s Festival Of Racing and team captain David Hayes is relying on that carnival form proving superior as racing’s spotlight turns to Sydney.
After yet another successful season so far with juveniles, Lindsay Park will end up with two runners in Saturday’s $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes but while neither Long Leaf or Enbihaar have raced against the Sydney youngsters, Hayes said the Melbourne form was showing up repeatedly in the Slipper lead-ups.
‘’We’ve seen over the past few weeks the Melbourne form really stand up in Sydney and based on that alone, we take our two into the race with some confidence,’’ Hayes said on Sunday.
Blue Diamond Stakes winner Written By showed his class by remaining undefeated in the Pago Pago Stakes at Rosehill last Saturday while just two weeks earlier Seabrook, who was balloted from the Blue Diamond, thrashed the Sydney fillies in the Sweet Embrace Stakes.
Hayes said Long Leaf found trouble in the Blue Diamond but had freshened up well since then and would wear blinkers on for the first time on Saturday for jockey Blake Shinn.
‘’You can forget his run in the Blue Diamond where he got squeezed out,’’ Hayes said. ‘’We’ve put blinkers on and you’ve always got to forgive horses one bad run and respect them when they get blinkers. He’ll improve out of sight.’’
As for Enbihaar, who followed up her second placing in the Blue Diamond with a second placing in an 800-metre barrier trial at Randwick last Thursday, Hayes said that all things pointed towards a big run on Saturday.
‘’She got dragged back to last because of the barrier in the Diamond and still managed to beat them all but Written By,’’ he said. ‘’That form is hard to top.’’
The Lindsay Park stable is in red-hot form as it comes off three consecutive Saturdays at Flemington with multiple winners.
The stable is unlikely to have a Rosehill Guineas runner this Saturday but will play a big hand in the group 1 $700,000 Ranvet Stakes over 2000 metres.
After enjoying great success in the Australian Cup earlier this month - saddling up the winner Harlem and third placegetter Ventura Storm - Hayes said he again expected that form to stand up against Sydney’s weight-for-age gallopers.
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