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.
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.”