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LOVE DAYS? LOVE NIGHTS TOO! by Bel Esprit 3YO   Leave a comment

LOVE DAYS? LOVE NIGHTS TOO! Gotta keep excitement in check but that was a VERY good win by Bel Esprit 3YO, Love…

Posted December 5, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Spirit or Lager in the last at the Valley   Leave a comment

Moonee Valley

Fri, 13th Nov

10:15pm Results   1200m   Good 3

Handicap. No age restriction, No sex restriction. BenchMark 70. Apprentices can claim. Field limit: 12

Q4 DD Results
Race Overview
Splits & Sectionals
TOTEFLUC
POS NO / NAME WGT 800 / 400 MRG COM TOTE/FLUC
1st 1

Spirit or Lager (3)

60

5th / 4th 1:10:80 !

$20.10

$6.70

2nd 10

Tykiato (1)

57.5

6th / 6th 0.75L !

$2.30

3rd 8

Majestic Artie (5)

58.5

9th / 7th 0.85L !

$2.90

4th 9

Gold Cufflinks (7)

58

11th / 12th 1.6L !
5th 4

Squeaky Squirrel (4)

59

3rd / 5th 1.7L !
6th 5

El Capo (11)

59

12th / 10th 1.9L !
7th 7

Keep Not a Day (9)

57

1st / 1st 2L !
8th 12

Zambezi Diamond (10)

56

2nd / 2nd 2.1L !
9th 2

Emerenta (2)

57.5

4th / 3rd 2.2L !
10th 6

Escebee (12)

58.5

8th / 9th 2.4L !
11th 11

Young Nicola (8)

56.5

10th / 11th 2.5L !
12th 13

Brown Coal (6)

55

7th / 8th 8.5L !
SCR 3

Glenrowan Prince

60.5

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  • Key
  • SCR – Scratched
  • LSCR – Late Scratched
  • FF – Failed to Finish
  • LR – Lost Rider
  • F – Fell

Posted November 14, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Tilla Bell Rings   Leave a comment

Caulfield

Wed, 14th Oct

2:35pm   2000m   Montague Tree PlateCaulfield

Wed, 14th Oct

2:35pm Results   2000m   Good 3

Handicap. No age restriction, No sex restriction. BenchMark 84. Apprentices cannot claim. Field limit: 16

Results
Race Overview
Splits & Sectionals
TOTEFLUC
POS NO / NAME WGT 800 / 400 MRG COM TOTE/FLUC
1st 8

Tilla Bell Rings (1)

54

3rd / 4th 2:03:99 !

$11.80

$3.00

2nd 3

Firehouse Rock (7)

57

7th / 7th 0.1L !

$1.40

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3rd 2

Second Bullet (4)

59

6th / 5th 0.85L !

$1.80

4th 4

Ungrateful Ellen (5)

57

4th / 3rd 1.6L !
5th 9

Transfer Allowance (6)

54

2nd / 2nd 2.85L !
6th 5

High Church (IRE) (3)

55.5

1st / 1st 5.1L !
7th 1

Happy As Hell (2)

59

5th / 6th 7.85L !
SCR 6

Boom Time

55

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SCR 7

Testy Sue

54

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Posted October 15, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

David Hayes eyes richer races for Keen Array after Blue Sapphire Stakes success   Leave a comment

David Hayes eyes richer races for Keen Array after Blue Sapphire Stakes success

Damian Lane steers Keen Array to victory at Caulfield on Wednesday. Picture: Colleen Petch

DAVID Hayes unleashed his best three-year-old sprinter and added a wad of cash to his recent Group 1 booty with victory in Wednesday’s Blue Sapphire Stakes feature at Caulfield.

Hayes and training partner Tom Dabernig have waited patiently to showcase Keen Array, who fired ahead of Sydney sprinter Mogador to win by a long neck over the 1200m trip.

Although only a Listed race, the winner’s purse of $210,000 plus $30,000 in bonuses proved a good earn for the training team.

“This horse has a big, big future,” Hayes said. “He was my best two-year-old, but went shin sore, and now he is my best three-year-old sprinter and one of the best in Australia.”

Hayes said the race loomed “as a two-horse race and that’s how it turned out” in the absence of the Peter Moody-trained Kinglike, who was scratched with a view to Saturday’s Caulfield Sprint (1000m).

“John (O’Shea) has a very big opinion of Mogador and our bloke had to be at his absolute best to beat him,” he said.

Hayes said he would consider the Group 3 dash over 1200m on Cox Plate day with Keen Array, or step up to the elite level in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on October 31.

Jockey Damian Lane, whose ride Hayes described as having considerable poise as he sat near the rear before rounding up the small field, said the gelding had “a big motor” and won with “plenty in the tank”.

David Hayes has got his stable humming this spring. Picture: Colleen Petch.

David Hayes has got his stable humming this spring. Picture: Colleen Petch.Source:News Corp Australia

“He probably should be unbeaten. He has a big future,” he said.

The win was the second leg of a double for Lane, who won earlier on Secret Toy Bizness in the Subzero Greys, and continued his outstanding form since a stint in Hong Kong.

Trainer Danny O’Brien is aiming for Group 1 success with former Perth mare Miss Rose De Lago, a three length winner of the Group 3 Ladies’ Day Vase (1600m).

“She has won all three of her races at Caulfield and this is getting to her pet distances of a mile (1600m) and 2000m,” the Flemington trainer said.

“I’m aiming her for the Myer Classic (1600m at Flemington on October 31) and then we may head to Perth for the Kingston Town and the Railway Stakes. They are Group 1 races and I think he will acquit herself really well in them all.”

New Zealand jockey Opie Bosson, who took the ride last start when the daughter of Encosta De Lago was beaten half-a-length into fourth in the Group 2 Let’s Elope over the unsuitably short 1400m at Flemington a month ago, jumped her to the lead and she was never challenged.

Bosson hopes his winning form continues on Saturday when he rides the favourite Mongolian Khan in the Caulfield Cup.

Originally published as Array of riches for Hayes

Posted October 15, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

David Hayes’ patience with Keen Array pays off in the Blue Sapphire Stakes   Leave a comment

David Hayes’ patience with Keen Array pays off in the Blue Sapphire Stakes

Date
October 14, 2015 – 6:53PM
Keen eye: David Hayes will focus on the autumn with Blue Sapphire winner Keen Array.Keen eye: David Hayes will focus on the autumn with Blue Sapphire winner Keen Array. Photo: racing.com

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David Hayes always knew he had something special in Keen Array. He had to wait, but a near-record run at Moonee Valley backed up by victory in Wednesday’s Blue Sapphire at Caulfield has vindicated his opinion.

“I think we just saw two very good colts,” Hayes said after Keen Array had a long neck to spare from Mogador with leader Haptic three-quarters of a length away in third. “He was my best two-year-old last season but he was leggy and just kept going shin sore.

“When Reemah got so close in the Blue Diamond, I knew I had something to look forward to. I just had to be patient.”

It is a virtue Hayes will continue to utilise. He will not be tempted by the group 1 lure of the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on October 31 with the son of Bel Esprit.

“There is a three-year-old set weights [race] at the Valley next week and then we will put him away for the autumn. I think we can wait until then with him to take on the best,” Hayes said.

“He went really quick time at the Valley last start and I think he could just be a freak there.

“I think the way he is, that in time he might even get to a mile, but sprinting is going well at the moment.”

The betting pointed to Keen Array, which started $2.30 favourite after drifting to as much as $2.60. Godolphin colt Mogador blew in the market from $3 to start at $4.40 but the pair clearly had a class edge on the rest of the field.

Even with a mid-race easing of the speed, Keen Array and Mogador rounded up their rivals coming from the tail of the field. They both ran their last 800 metres in less than 46 seconds.

“I know John [O’Shea] has a bit of an opinion of his horse [Mogador] and he lost nothing there today,” Hayes said. “It did look a two-horse race and turned out a two-horse race.

“[Jockey] Damian [Lane] showed lovely poise and produced him when it mattered. He’s a horse with a big, big future.”

Lane had the advantage of being in front of Mogador on Keen Array and he proved too good.

“The best thing about him is he’s still a green horse. He’s still lightly raced and he’s got more improvement to come,” Lane said. “He didn’t begin well so I was a pair further back than I thought I’d be but good horses overcome those mishaps.”

O’Shea said the race pattern probably dictated the result.

“We wanted to be a pair further up and in front of [Keen Array], instead we were racing him and he was too slick,” O’Shea said. “It was his first time around Caulfield and he did a good job and I think we can say the winner is a pretty good horse.”

Posted October 15, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

HAYES KEEN ON G1 FOR BEL 3YO   Leave a comment


HAYES KEEN ON G1 FOR BEL 3YO
Just 10 days after producing stakes winner #22 via brilliant 2YO, Sweet Sherry, BEL ESPRIT has added to the black type tally with Keen Array taking out the $350,000 Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield Wednesday.


It was a huge performance by the Bel Esprit 3YO who has been touted as a rising star for some time by his in-form trainers, David Hayes and Tom Dabernig.
Hayes told racing.com that he’s always had a big opinion of Keen Array who now has 4 wins and a second from 5 outings this time in: “We were very confident he’d get to this level. He was my best two-year-old last year and he went shin-sore. He’s my best three-year-old sprinter, clearly – there’s not many better in Australia.”
Hayes added that the G1 Coolmore Stakes remains an option but might head to the G3 Red Anchor instead.
To watch the race and hear Hayes’ wrap up, check out: https://www.racing.com/news/2015-10-14/keen-array-claims-blue-sapphire-stakes

Posted October 14, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

2015 Blue Sapphire Stakes result – Keen Array delivers the goods   Leave a comment

2015 Blue Sapphire Stakes result – Keen Array delivers the goods

Clinton Payne – 14 Oct 2015

Co-trainer David Hayes’s post-race reaction was to bypass a clash with star colt Exosphere in the Coolmore Stud Stakes despite Keen Array’s impressive win in the $350,000 Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Wednesday.


Keen Array beats Mogador in the Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield on Wednesday. Photo: Darryl Sherer.

“Where we go next we’ll probably think about it but there a lovely set weights (and penalties) race at the Valley (Red Anchor Stakes on Cox Plate day),” Hayes, who trains Keen Array in partnership with Tom Dabernig, said.

“I think he could be a bit of a freak at the Valley.

“I think we might think about taking on the very, very best next prep.”

Hayes later conceded he shouldn’t “make raceday decisions” and Keen Array’s next start would be in the Group III Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) “or the Coolmore, one or the other”.

Keen Array and Mogador settled in the back half of the six horse field with John O’Shea’s Godolphin colt trailing the eventual winner at the tail of the field. Mogador’s stablemate Haptic led the field up and was in no hurry in the first half of the race until things started to hot up approaching the home turn.

Keen Array entered the straight four-wide and Mogador lost his back when the former sprinted, but the two classy three-year-olds stretched out strongly in the straight, reeling in the leaders inside the final 200m but although closing, Mogador was unable to bridge the gap on Keen Array.

“It did look a two-horse race and turned out a two horse race,” Hayes said. “Damian (Lane) showed lovely poise and produced him when it mattered.

“He’s a horse with a big, big future.

“I know John O’Shea’s got a very big opinion of Mogador and he had to be at his absolute best to beat him. I think both horses have got huge potential.”

Keen Array ($2.30 fav) defeated Mogador ($4.40) by a long-neck with Haptic ($5) a further three-quarters of a length away in third.

O’Shea said after the race he was satisfied with Mogador’s effort but his fate was decided on Monday when drawing the outside gate in the field.

“He just ended up a pair too far back,” he said. “Sectionally, the horse ran great but change the barrier, change the result.

“The winner did a good job but if we were there and he was where we were – different result.”

rainers David Hayes and Tom Dabernig notched another Caulfield feature win when Keen Array defied a Godolphin challenge in the $350,000 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m).


C o-trainer David Hayes and jockey Damian Lane after Keen Array’s win in the Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield. Photo: Darryl Sherer

Keen Array defeated Mogador by long neck while the runner-up’s John O’Shea-trained stablemate Haptic was another three-quarters of length away in third.

This is what the jockeys thought of the performance of their respective rides in the Blue Sapphire Stakes.

Race Horse Jockey Comment
1st Keen Array Damian Lane The best thing about him is he’s still a green horse. He’s still lightly-raced and he’s got more improvement to come. He didn’t begin well so I was a pair further back than I thought I’d be but good horses overcome those mishaps.

KEEN ARRAY failed to meet $30,000 reserve at , takes earnings past $350,000 in Listed MRC Blue Saphire!

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.‘s Keen Array was super impressive winning today’s G3 Blue Sapphire Stakes for jockey

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Posted October 14, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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