The John O’Shea trained colt will be second-up this preparation after returning in the G3 Manfred Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield. Settling in the second-half of the field he stuck to the rail until they turned for home and he angled out to clear track and hit the line well, with only Hey Doc running a faster individual closing 200m split, while Morton’s Fork also had the fastest closing 400 and 600m fractions. His Spring campaign closed out with victory in the G2 Sandown Guineas where he started favourite in the 1600m event and sizzled home to score a good win. From 10 career starts, the Godolphin colt has finished 1st or 2nd on eight occasions, with the two unplaced efforts coming in the Listed Gothic Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield and his return run in the Manfred. Opening Price $6
Resuming in the G3 Manfred Stakes, Hey Doc settled close to the speed and in the home staright really knuckled down to the task the closing 100m, suggesting the increase out to 1400m here will be beneficial. During his Spring 3YO campaign the gelding faced the starter on five occasions, finishing no further back than 4th. His first 3 starts were all victories, when first up with 60kg and second-up carried 57.5kg after taking a 2kg claim for Dylan Dunn. Given a shot in the G2 Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley over 1600m he scored a strong 1.5 length victory. In the G1 Caulfield Guineas he finished 3rd behind Divine Prophet and rounded out his prep in the G3 Carbine Club Stakes when ridden against his normal pattern in the leading pack. This is the first time he has raced at 1400m. Opening Price $4.20
The blinkers go on the Nigel Blackiston trained colt for the first time with the Stravinsky colt second-up following his return in the Manfred. He was shuffled back in the run in that race and in a race when the leading pack dominated, he was too far back to make an impact over the six furlong trip. When second-up last prep here at Flemington over 1400m in the Listed Poseidon Stakes he settled at the rear and then found good speed in the straight to swoop home to victory. His last run of the Spring saw him just narrowly miss the win, beaten a long neck by Souchez. Hugh Bowman rode him that day and is up again here with 56.5kg. Opening Price $26
Run at Flemington on Lightning Stakes Day, the CS Hayes Stakes is named to honour the champion trainer Colin Hayes. In a brilliant training career, Hayes prepared an amazing 5,333 winners, including a record that will likely never be bettered of 28 Adelaide trainers titles.
The Hayes Stakes, officially registered as The Debonair, is run over 1400m and is held at the conditions of set weights plus penalties. The race is restricted to 3YO colts and geldings and is the male equivalent race of the Vanity which is also held on the same day.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2016 is $150,000 with the winner to receive $90,000. The 2016 winner was the Mike Moroney trained Tivaci, ridden by Craig Williams. Other past winners include Hucklebuck, Starcraft and Dash For Cash.
Formerly known as ‘The Debonair’, the CS Hayes Stakes is a race for three-year-old colts and geldings held annually on Black Caviar Lightning Day. As the name suggests, the CS Hayes is named after legendary trainer Colin Sydney Hayes, who saddled up 5,333 winners in his career, taking out 28 Adelaide and 13 Melbourne Premierships. The event is the male-equivalent of the Vanity Stakes, run at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne over 1400m. However, it has been staged over various distances including 1200m. The set weight and penalty conditions tend to sort out the contenders from the pretenders, with the classier gallopers prevailing more often than not.
The CS Hayes Stakes is a Group 3, and with $150,000 up for the taking, it traditionally attracts classy fields. Colts and geldings which compete in the event usually contest bigger races later in the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, such as the Group 1 Australian Guineas or the Group 2 Alister Clark. In 2002, Dash For Cash completed the CS Hayes/Australian Guineas double. In 2014, the Phillip Stokes trained gelding Hucklebuck won this race in impressive style before going on to win the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes later in the spring. Other prominent horses on the CS Hayes honour roll include; Lieutenant (2005), Starcraft (2004), Mahogany (1994), Zabeel (1990) and Raveneaux (1987).
|2016||TIVACI||CRAIG WILLIAMS||M D MORONEY||1:22.77|
|2015||WANDJINA||DAMIEN OLIVER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:22.2|
|2014||HUCKLEBUCK||DOM TOURNEUR||PHILLIP STOKES||01:22.9|
|2013||SHEER TALENT||STEPHEN BASTER||MARK KAVANAGH||01:22.6|
|2012||THAT'S THE ONE||CRAIG WILLIAMS||BARRY BALDWIN||01:22.0|
|2011||BULLBARS||MARK ZAHRA||PETER SNOWDEN||01:23.9|
|2010||TAKE THE RAP||CRAIG WILLIAMS||DANNY O’BRIEN||01:23.2|
|2009||FAIR TRADE||NICHOLAS HALL||MICHAEL KENT||01:22.5|
|2008||PLAYWRIGHT||SEBASTIAN MURPHY||STEVE RICHARDS||01:23.6|
|2007||WORDSMITH||STEVEN KING||SHANE NICHOLS||01:10.8|
|2006||MINSON||CRAIG WILLIAMS||STEPHEN BROWN||01:21.6|
|2005||LIEUTENANT||DARREN GAUCI||JOHN HAWKES||01:24.2|