Stable's Super Double Gr 1 Day

Super Saturday at Flemington was just that for the stable. Not only was it memorable but actually remarkable. With a Group One double and six places on the 9 race card, records were set and milestones made.

Taking out both the $1.25 milllion Gr 1 Newmarket Handicap with Redkirk Warrior and the $1.5 million Gr 1 Australian Cup with Harlem topped of a mighty day.

It was the first time a stable has won the Newmarket-Australian Cup double since 2005 when Lee Freedman took both with Alinghi and Makybe Diva.

Harlem (6yo g by Champs Elysees) enjoyed a perfect ride by Michael Walker in the weight-for-age Australian Cup over 2000m to defeat favourite Gailo Chop and stablemate European import Ventura Storm.

While Redkirk Warrior (7yo g by Notnowcato), who carries the same colours as Harlem clinched the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) for the second-straight year under the guide of Regan Bayliss.

Both horses were originally English imports and both have benefited from the luxuries at Lindsay Park Euroa. David Hayes explaining “Harlem had emerged out of his last start with a cold but we were able to get him up on the farm at Euroa with his head down in the big open day paddocks, treat him, and he get over it and he was back to his brilliant best.” Adding "Redkirk Warrior came to Euroa plagued with problem feet, but thanks to our farriers and the farm facilities look what he has done. Three Group Ones and he could very well be the best straight course sprinter the stable has ever trained.”

It was a fourth Australian Cup win for David Hayes who quinelled it in 2015 with English import Spillway (also ridden by Michael Walker) and Aussie hero Extra Zero beaten by a nose.

Backing up the stable’s super successful Saturday and versatility of success were six placer-getters led by Sebring 2yo colt Seberate, 2nd in the Gr 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), Shokora (3yo f by Nicconi), 2nd in the Gr 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) and Samovare (4yo m by Savabeel), 2nd in the Gr 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m).

While 3yo filly Twilight Song by Fastnet Rock, finished 3rd in the Listed Incognitus Stakes (1100m) and 5yo gelding Sin To Win, by Sir Percy ran 3rd in the Club Stand Stakes over 1800m.

This remarkable day brings David Hayes to a career tally of 92 Group One wins and takes the stable’s season earnings to $16,469,622.

 


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