Hayes has full faith in War­rior

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - MICHAEL MAN­LEY

DAVID Hayes is hop­ing to com­plete a frus­trat­ing spring car­ni­val by end­ing it with a bang on the fi­nal day, headed with his as­sault on the VRC Sprint Clas­sic (1200m) with Red­kirk War­rior.

The Lind­say Park sta­bles have been close to the ac­tion with three sec­onds, two thirds and sev­eral fourths dur­ing Cup Week but haven’t yet tasted suc­cess.

Hayes is con­fi­dent that Red­kirk War­rior is ready to win his fourth Group 1 down the Flem­ing­ton straight.

“Redzel is go­ing to be hard to beat but I think back at Flem­ing­ton we can give him a big fright,” he said.

Hayes said he was con­cerned with Red­kirk War­rior’s first jump-out at Flem­ing­ton but he thought he was back to his best when he led through­out to win an 800m jump-out there eight days ago.

Red­kirk War­rior has won four of five starts at Flem­ing­ton in­clud­ing the last two New­mar­ket hand­i­caps and this year’s Light­ning Stakes.

His only fail­ure at Flem­ing­ton was in last year’s VRC Sprint Clas­sic but Hayes said he’d prob­a­bly had had enough af­ter fail­ing in The Ever­est.

Red­kirk War­rior flopped in two runs in Eng­land but Hayes said he sim­ply doesn’t travel well.

“All the signs were there that he’d trav­elled well but he didn’t per­form,” Hayes said. “When he’s not at Lind­say Park he doesn’t per­form.”

Red­kirk War­rior is $12 with TAB fixed odds.

Hayes is also hav­ing a throw at the stumps with $34chance three-year-old colt Mickey Blue Eyes in the $2 mil­lion Mack­in­non Stakes (2000m).

“He should have fin­ished sec­ond or third in the Derby. He didn’t get a crack at them,” Hayes said.

“I think he’ll beat more home than will beat him and where that gets him, who knows.”

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