The Lindsay Park Team will be chasing another feature Cup win when they saddle up three runners in the Group 2 $400,000 Adelaide Cup (3200m) at Morphettville today.
Co-trainers David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig celebrated the win of $61 outsider Harlem in the Group 1 $1.5m Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington last Saturday and will saddle up the $4.20 favourite Fantaic as well as Raindrop On Roses ($14) and French import Al Haram ($17) in the two mile contest today.
Lindsay Park head trainer David Hayes said that he set Fanatic for the Adelaide Cup after she won Listed $150,000 Sandown Cup (3200m) at Sandown at the end of the 2017 Melbourne Spring Carnival.
The five year old mare is fitter for three runs back and is coming off a last start second to Aloft in the Listed $120,000 3AW Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) at Flemington on March 3.
“We backed off her after Sandown and set her for the Adelaide Cup,’’ Hayes told The Advertiser.
“It looks a race within reach for her and if she can get the job done then she’ll more than likely go to Sydney.’’
“Her form is outstanding going into the race and she comes into her own at two miles.’’
“I’m quietly confident that with an in-form Michael Walker aboard that she can win.’’
The Lindsay Park Team will also saddle up emerging stayer Raindrops On Roses ($14) and French import Al Harem ($17).
Raindrops On Roses was a last start winner in a 2500m BenchMark 78 Handicap at The Valley on March 2 while Al Harem has been placed at his last three starts and is coming off a last start second over 3000m in a BenchMark 84 Handicap also at The Valley on February 23.
“The French horse I expect to roll along on the speed if not lead and should run well,’’ Hayes said.
“And Raindrops On Roses really stays and her last start was pretty impressive.
“All three horses go into the race in really good form.’’
Australian Cup winning jockey Michael Walker will again link up with the Lindsay Park Team and ride Fanatic who will jump from barrier three in the fifteen horse field while Raindrops On Roses and Al Harem have both drawn wide barriers.
Top local jockey Jamie Kah will ride Raindrops On Roses who will jump from gate eleven while Al Harem with Michael Dee in the saddle will be next to her at barrier twelve in the starting stalls.
Leading Victorian trainer Darren Weir is left with two runners in the Adelaide Cup following the scratching of Master Of Arts and will rely on the chances of $5.50 second favourite Ormito and $31 outsider Poppiholla.