Peter Snowden is off to a good start with Helmet on the road to Dubai with the three year old star coming up trumps after the CS Hayes Stakes barrier draw.
Helmet will jump from gate four in the 11 horses field putting him in the perfect position to take up a forward early position.
It would be a big shock if Darley’s employed tactics different to those used so successfully throughout his career to date so expect to see him among the leaders in the early stages.
He shouldn’t have too tough of a time in finding the front either given That’s The One drawn outside him in five is a get back type and a few of the others are looking for more ground.
Helmet stands out head and shoulders above the rest on handicap rating at 112 and he’ll carry 57.5kg as a result.
Many tip Instinction to be his closest rival given he’s won his last three races but from barrier 10 things have been made tough, especially given he only has a one kilogram advantage in the weights.
The closest to him on ratings is Sabrage on 93 but after running third in the Victoria Derby at the end of last prep the 1410m is expected to be too short for him on Saturday.
Decircles is one of the only genuine threats after coming off a good performance first up in open grade where he placed fifth.
He gets a 3.5kg weight advantage and is suited by the trip, Glen Boss just left with a little bit of work to do from barrier seven.
CS Hayes Stakes Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||111X33118X||HELMET||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||4||57.5kg||112|
|2||5X68X211X1||INSTINCTION||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||10||56.5kg||89|
|3||1X04313X||SABRAGE||Michael Moroney||Damien Oliver||8||55.5kg||93|
|4||73X34324X3||HIGHLY RECOMMENDED||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||1||54kg||80|
|5||762X1X25||DECIRCLES||Danny O’Brien||Glen Boss||7||54kg||78|
|6||116X2||THAT’S THE ONE||Colin & Cindy Alderson||Craig Williams||5||54kg||78|
|7||254X541212||ALPHA MAN||Heather Lehmann||Ms Holly McKechnie||2||54kg||72|
|8||8X2115X6||TONED||Robert Hickmott||Steven King||11||54kg||70|
|9||7X21||TAXI DRIVER||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||3||54kg||64|
|10||70X2120||BALZEUS||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Nicholas Hall||6||54kg||61|
|11||1X45||BIG BUDDIE||Andrew Sawden||Peter Hutchinson||9||54kg||62|