Hayes wheels out big guns in bid to end drought

David Hayes is plotting a four-pronged tilt at Saturday’s $200,000 Group 2 Lawrence Stakes (1400m) but the Lindsay Park supremo will be stunned if Harlem or French import Neufbosc upstage better credentialed stablemates.

Hayes is confident Sikandarabad and Fifty Stars are the stable’s best chance of ending his family’s 32-year drought in the race. Military Plume (1987) was Lindsay Park’s most recent winner of the race, when it was the JJ Liston Stakes.

“Sikandarabad and Fifty Stars are going well but I think it will be too short for Neufbosc and Harlem,” Hayes said.

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Fifty Stars will be one of four runners from the Team Hayes stable in the PB Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

“Sikandarabad has got good fresh form and he ran second to Avilius (Carlyon Cup) earlier in his preparation last time and he looks well.

“Neufbosc is a smart horse. He ran well in all the lead-up races to the Arc last year but he bombed out (finishing 18th of 19 behind Enable) in the Arc.”

Neufbosc is being set for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups and Hayes is not expecting the gelding to show his best until he gets out to 2000m. Similarly, Hayes is in no rush with dual Australian Cup winner Harlem.

Aussie syndicate adds to Cups team

A horse rated one of the better older stayers in Ireland has figured in a sale to Australian interests and will be set for a spring Cups campaign.

Prominent syndicator Australian Bloodstock has bought a controlling interest in Mustajeer, a seven-year-old to southern hemisphere time who has been sparingly raced for his age.

Mustajeer has started 18 times for three wins and has been placed in two of his four starts this season after running fourth in last year’s Ebor Handicap at York.

At his most recent start, Mustajeer was beaten 3½ lengths into fifth place in the Curragh Cup. Latrobe, winner of last year’s Irish Derby and runner-up in the Mackinnon Stakes during Melbourne Cup carnival, finished second in the Group 2 race.

Australian Bloodstock’s Luke Murrell is excited about Mustajeer’s spring chances. Picture: Tim CarrafaSource:News Corp Australia

“We have bought him as we feel he is a genuine top-five and winning chance for the Cups,” Australian Bloodstock’s Luke Murrell said. “Those Irish horses are the best stayers in the world and I have loved some of the things he has done this year.”

Under the care of Group One-winning Irish trainer Ger Lyons, Mustajeer will have his next start in the Ebor on August 25.

“The Ebor was one of the best rating races last year and he ran an unlucky fourth,” Murrell said. “This year’s Ebor will be stronger than some of the Group 1 races in Europe so it will be a proper race and even better than last year.”

Leading NSW trainer Kris Lees will prepare Mustajeer for his Australian campaign.

Australian Bloodstock is no stranger to spring success in Australia. The syndicate confirmed its rise when the German-trained Protectionist won the Melbourne Cup in 2014.

Japanese-bred horses Tosen Stardom and Brave Smash have added Australian Group 1 trophies to the collection.

The syndicate also owns recent German Group 1 winner Danceteria as well as Shraaoh, winner of this year’s Sydney Cup for trainer Chris Waller.

with AAP

Originally published asHayes wheels out big guns in bid to end drought

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