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Lindsay Park’s recent stable acquisition Fifty Stars is in contention to gain an All-Star Mile Widlcard entry after scoring a narrow win in the Group 2 $200,000 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington today.

Fifty Stars, above, pokes his nose out to win the 2019 Blamey Stakes at Flemington. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Fifty Stars, above, pokes his nose out to win the 2019 Blamey Stakes at Flemington. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

The ex-Darren Weir trained Fifty Stars was only having his second run for the Lindsay Park Team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig and ran a vastly improved race compared to his first up run for the stable when eleventh in the Group 1 $500,000 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 9.

Fifty Stars ($9.50) with Ben Allen aboard, was able to nose out his stablemate So Si Bon ($26) with Cool Chap ($31) making it a trifecta for the Lindsay Park stable.

The Western Australian galloper Material Man was sent out as the $4 favourite but never figured in the finish to end up in twelfth position.

Head trainer David Hayes is now hoping that Fifty Stars will be given a wildcard entry into the $5m All-Star Mile (1600m) at Flemington on March 16 and he is also making a case for the runner up So Si Bon.

“We’ll just train him now for the All-Star Mile and hopefully he gets in,” David Hayes said.

“He’s hit form at the right time. He beat good horses today and it was a big margin back (to third).”

“So Si Bon, now he’s a gelding, he’s a proper racehorse and he doesn’t put a bad run up.”

Hayes said that Fifty Stars arrived in great order from the Darren Weir stable and he can only see the four year old developing into a high class galloper.

“Like all the horses I got out of that stable, he arrived in great order,” Hayes said.

“He’s a class horse. When he came from Darren I said to Gerry Ryan you couldn’t afford to buy him, so we’re very luck to have him.”

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.