Thousand Guineas winner Stay With Me is likely to head to Sydney in the Autumn for the Group 1 $600,000 Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Randwick in March.
Trainer David Hayes said that the Group 1 $750,000 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 5, the same day as the Randwick Guineas, was also an option but the richer purse of the Sydney race was the tempting factor.
“Probably the New South Wales Guineas (will be her goal),” Hayes told racing.com.
“She’s owned by John Messara and it’s worth a bit more money too.
“They’re both on the same day, which is a bit unfortunate, but we’ll probably go for that one.
“Melbourne’s loss will be Sydney’s gain.”
John Messara is the head of the Arrowfield Stud who race Stay With Me in partnership with Belford Productions and Planette Thoroughbred Trading and he is also the Chairman of Racing New South Wales and would naturally love to see his filly win a major feature race during the rich Sydney Autumn Carnival.
Stay With Me was able to replicate the win of her dam Miss Finland and win the Group 1 $500,000 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield during the Melbourne Spring Carnival.
Miss Finland also went on to win the 2007 Australian Guineas but this looks to be very unlikely for Stay With Me with the Randwick Guineas the Autumn goal.
Hayes, who trains in partnership with Tom Dabernig at Lindsay Park at Euroa, has reported that Stay With Me has just come back into work to commence her Autumn campaign in great order and he is very pleased with the way she has spelled.
“She’s just come back into work and she’ll be trained out of the paddock the first couple of weeks,” Hayes said.
“She looks terrific. She had a light spring, so we’re hoping for a big autumn.”
Stay With Me has wo three of her seven race starts and has earned just over $429,000 in prizemoney.
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