Slot Holder: The Star
Trainer: David Hayes, Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig (Flemington)
The Star Entertainment Group have taken the approach of locking in a trainer as opposed to a particular horse. They opted for the giant Lindsay Park stable who have plenty of sprinting firepower under their regime. Below is a quick rundown of the leading options available to fill The Star’s slot:
Redkirk Warrior – The leading contender. This chestnut gelding broke a 100-year hoodoo in taking out the Newmarket Handicap first up over the spring before wet tracks thwarted his chances in the Doncaster Mile and All Aged Stakes.
Vega Magic – This ex-West Australian sprinter hit the ground running for his new stable in taking out the Group One Goodwood at Morphettville. No matter where you’re racing a record of 10 wins from 15 starts suggests you are a serious sprinter.
Catchy – There is simply no telling how good this filly could be. She has won four from five including the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield. She was then sent around as one of the favourites in the Golden Slipper but didn’t handle the heavy track.
Formality – Was no match for Catchy in the Blue Diamond but being by Fastnet Rock, it’s fair to suggest that this filly’s best days are still ahead of her. She is tough and gives the impression she could train on to be a lovely three-year-old.
Derryn – Can be a little hit-and-miss but on his day this sprinter can ran brilliant closing sectionals. He is already a winner over the Randwick 1200m beating Global Glamour in the Group Two Arrowfield Stakes. Can handle wet tracks no problems either.
Fuhryk – The sleeper of the pack. The stable have always held this daughter of Star Witness in very high regard and over the spring is when she could announce herself as a genuine top line sprinter. She has all the right attributes.
“This way The Star has up to 10 of our best sprinters that could race for them. We will make a call a couple of weeks out from The Everest but if I had to make a selection now it would probably be Redkirk Warrior,” said David Hayes.
“The Everest is such an exciting concept, everyone is talking about it and as a trainer you want to be involved.”