Re­gan to ride Redkirk

Hayes jockey re­turns from in-house sus­pen­sion

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - MICHAEL MAN­LEY

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.

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