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This is the assessment of Hall of Famer David Hayes, who trains in partnership with his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig, confirming the stable is relying on Madeenaty in the San Domenico after deciding to keep top filly Tulip for Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Tulip, a minor placegetter in She Will Reign’s Golden Slipper earlier this year, had been the early TAB Fixed Odds second favourite for the Rosehill sprint with Madeenaty at $7.50. Pariah heads betting at $2.30.
“There has been a bit of rain in Melbourne and Tulip loves those conditions so she will run at Moonee Valley,’’ Hayes said. “She is coming up brilliantly, she is a winner on that track so it made sense to run her there.
“But Madeenaty is a fit filly and I think she can surprise a few people at Rosehill.’’
Madeenaty is a talented sprinter but is probably underrated, through no fault of her own, as the Hayes stable has so many outstanding three-year-old fillies — including Tulip, Formality and Catchy.
Madeenaty showed plenty of ability last season winning the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes and Wyong Magic Millions, and finishing third to Houtzen in the Magic Millions Classic.
Hayes said he was more than pleased with Madeenaty’s first-up effort when beaten a length by Crown Mistress over the Flemington 1000m course this month.
The form has been franked since with Crown Mistress beating Catchy to win the Quezette Stakes at Caulfield last week.
“Madeenaty is much fitter now and she handles the Sydney way, as she proved winning at Wyong,’’ Hayes said.
“She has drawn a nice gate and will be up on the speed, making her own luck. I feel she can run a good race (Sarurday).’’
Champion jockey Corey Brown had been booked by the Hayes stable for the San Domenico so will ride Madeenaty now that Tulip is running in Melbourne.
Hayes added that Formality, a tough winner of the Silver Shadow Stakes last week, had come through the race in great order and was suddenly in the mix for the $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on October 14.
Formality and Tulip, who resumes in the Johnnie Walker Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday, are owned by Coolmore Australia — which owns a slot in The Everest.
“Coolmore has two outstanding fillies in Formality and Tulip that could go to The Everest,’’ Hayes said. “A decision on which filly goes to The Everest will be made after they have both had two runs back from a spell.
“It is a big call whether they head towards the Golden Rose and Flight Stakes or are kept to sprints for The Everest. You have to give up those Group 1 fillies races if go for The Everest but the $10 million is hard to ignore.’’
Lindsay Park already has a definite slot after The Star Entertainment Group purchased it and announced it would rely on the Hayes stable’s deep pool of sprinting talent.
Hayes will make the final decision for The Star on its Everest runner but revealed Newmarket Handicap winner Redkirk Warrior was “our No. 1 seed”.
“A lot can change over the next few weeks but Redkirk Warrior probably has his nose in front,’’ Hayes said.
“He will run at Flemington first-up a month out from The Everest and we will see how he goes.
“Vega Magic is right up there after winning at Caulfield last week and don’t forget our Oakleigh Plate winner, Sheidel. She was brilliant in a trial earlier this week and I think she is ready to sizzle first-up when she runs on September 2. She is a very good mare.
“The fillies are right there, too. Formality has come through her Randwick win fantastically well. I wasn’t disappointed in Catchy first-up as it took a race-fit filly to beat her. And Tulip is also doing everything right.’’
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