Regan to ride Redkirk
Hayes jockey returns from in-house suspension
DAVID Hayes has ended his stable’s in-house suspension of jockey Regan Bayliss who will reunite with straight track specialist Redkirk Warrior in Saturday’s Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington.
“Regan is still riding for me but I gave him a break for a month as I wasn’t happy with the way he was riding for us,” Hayes said. “He wasn’t riding to stable rules so we gave him a bit of a break. He’s back riding for us though now.”
Bayliss last rode for the Hayes/Hayes/Dabernig team at Caulfield on January 27 when he finished ninth on Velox. Before that his last rides for them were on January 8.
Bayliss will partner Redkirk Warrior, a horse he’s had great success with winning the Group 1 Newmarket handicap and the Bobbie Lewis Stakes down the Flemington straight.
Hayes will also use blinkers for the first time on Redkirk Warrior
“He’s targeting the Lightning and the Newmarket. His trials and trackwork suggest he’s spot on,” he said.
“It’s going to be hard to beat the best sprinter in the world but Redkirk is the X-factor and he’s capable of running a tremendous race while fresh. Over 1000m, Redzel might have the advantage.”
Redzel firmed from $1.80 into $1.75 with TAB fixed odds for the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes after he drew barrier one.
Both of the Hayes’ starters are $10 chances along with Terravista. Hey Doc is second favourite at $7.
Hayes will also start threeyear-old Formality in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes but said she was being set for the Group One Surround Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on March 3. Hayes will also have three starters in Saturday week’s Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield which will be last year’s winner Sheidel and three-year-old fillies Catchy and Tulip.
He confirmed the stable would have four starters in the Blue Diamond Stakes — Qalifa, Long Leaf, Ennis Hill and Enbihaar.
But Hayes said he was also considering starting Seberate in the race.
TOGETHER AGAIN: Regan Bayliss with Redkirk Warrior.