Caulfield Guineas runner up Seaburge has drawn the inside barrier for the Group 3 $500,000 Ladbrokes Caulfield Classic (2000m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Lindsay Park co-trainer David Hayes is keen to back up Seaburge on Saturday after the Sebring colt ran a mighty race to finish a close second to Divine Prophet in the Group 1 $1m Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield last Saturday.
Hayes trains in partnership with his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig and said that he would give Seaburge the go ahead to back up in the Ladbrokes Classic if he recovered from his tough run last week.
“If I am happy with him at the end of the week he will certainly back up and then two weeks into the Derby or maybe three weeks into the Mackinnon (Emirates Stakes),” Hayes said on racing.com’s Spring Insiders.
The Group 1 $1.5m AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) for the three year olds is run at Flemington on October 29, the first day of the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival while the Mackinnon Stakes, now known as the Group 1 $2m Emirates Stakes (2000m), is run under weight for age conditions and has been moved to the last day of the Flemington carnival a week later.
Even though Seaburge started at the long odds $31, Hayes said the stable was confident that the Sebring colt would run a bold race in the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas
“We really fancied him. We thought he would run well,” Hayes said.
“My horse peaked on the day, ran a career best and he is heading towards the good three year old races in the next couple of weeks.”
“In the prelude because he was looking for further and he actually went to win and just peaked on the run and I think with that run under his belt and a bit of work last week, it was really good.”
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy takes over from regular rider Mark Zahra on Seaburge who is the $3.10 favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au for the Ladbrokes Classic.
The Lindsay Park Team will also saddle up $20 chance Waterloo Sunset who has drawn barrier three with apprentice Regan Bayliss to ride.
Waterloo Sunset, the only filly in the fourteen horse Ladbrokes Classic field, came straight out of Maiden class to run third to Serenely Discreet in the Group 2 $200,000 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on October 2.
Second favourite Good Standing ($3.40) has drawn well at barrier four with Blake Shinn replacing Hugh Bowman who will be riding the Chris Waller trained Wine Bush (barrier 9).
Good Standing is also backing in the week after finishing seventh to Divine Prophet in the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas.
Wine Bush put himself into contention for the Ladbrokes Classic with a last start win in the Listed $120,000 UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flemington on October 2 and is marked as $12 chance.
Market order for the Ladbrokes Caulfield Classic at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3.10 Seaburge, $3.40 Good Standing, $7.50 Highlad, $10 Inference, $12 Wine Bush, $13 Rocketeer, $15 Throssell, Kent, $20 Waterloo Sunset, $21 Odeon, $41 Wimborne, $51 Beach Life, $61 Positive Carry, $201 Larrikin.