Royal Ascot route works for Hayes’ straight-shooter
REDKIRK Warrior's affinity for straight course racing could carry the import back to England.
A crack at the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 23 is a possibility for the chestnut after his stunning Black Caviar Lightning success at Flemington.
The former stayer has triumphed three times down Flemington's straight, having also secured the Newmarket Handicap and the Bobbie Lewis Quality.
"I am going to talk to (owner) Edmund Lee because after the Newmarket - he doesn't fire in Sydney - and he loves the straight He's a real freak up the straight," trainer David Hayes said.
"We are genuinely thinking about the Diamond Jubilee on the final day."
Having his first 1000m start, Redkirk Warrior sizzled home in 56.33sec to overhaul race favourite Redzel.
Hayes has unfinished business at Royal Ascot, campaigning Nicconi (fourth in the King's Stand Stakes) in 2010 and Criterion, fifth in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes (2000m) in 2015.
Peter Snowden said Redzel would return to Sydney for one more lead-up run the T J Smith Stakes at Randwick after his six-race winning streak was broken with narrow defeat.
FUTURITY PRICE RIGHT
MICK Price will seek more Group 1 glory at Caulfield on Saturday with a host of quality entrants despite ruling Ardrossan out of the 1100m Oakleigh Plate.
Boasting several talented three-year-olds, Price is likely to pursue the Futurity Stakes (1400m) with Caulfield Guineas winner Mighty Boss.
Badly hampered in the Orr Stakes, Mighty Boss could clash with Darren Weir stars Humidor and Black Heart Bart in the Futurity.
Price abandoned Oakleigh ambitions with Ardrossan after his unbeaten sprinter failed in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes.
"He's definitely spelling," Price said. "He's sore behind, he laid out and he's too immature to keep going."
Price could have three Blue Diamond (1200m) runners - Prairie Fire, High Ratio and Seabrook. He also has an impressive band of contenders for the Australian Guineas at Flemington on March 3 - Mighty Boss, Grunt and Holy Snow.
She Will Reign will contest the Oakleigh Plate with trainer Gary Portelli hopeful the filly can become the 13th three-year-old in 31 years to claim the sprint.