Hayes con­fi­dent blink­ers will give Leaf a Golden spark

The Sportsman Midweek - - Warwick Farm Preview - CRAIG BREN­NAN

DAVID Hayes is hop­ing the ad­di­tion of blink­ers and a dry track will bring out the best in Long Leaf in Golden Rose.

Long Leaf will be Lind­say Park’s sole rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the Group 1 race over 1400m for three-year- olds on Satur­day.

Af­ter run­ning on strongly over 1100m at Caulfield Au­gust 18, Long Leaf was switched to Syd­ney to con­test the Run To The Rose on Septem­ber 8.

A heavy track thwarted his chances with the colt fin­ish­ing eighth of the 11 run­ners be­hind Lean Mean Ma­chine.

Long Leaf had pre­vi­ously per­formed well in Syd­ney in the au­tumn fin­ish­ing sixth to Esti­jaab Golden Slip­per at Rose­hill and fourth to El Do­rado Dream­ing in the ATC Sires’ Pro­duce Stakes Rand­wick.

His only flop was when he failed to run out the 1600m ninth in the Cham­pagne Stakes be­fore a spell.

Hayes is con­fi­dent Long Leaf can turn around his poor show­ing in the Run To The Rose. “He’s not good on the wet,” Hayes said. “He’ll im­prove out of sight with the blink­ers back and get­ting to the 1400m.

“He’s worked well in the blink­ers and they’ve won­ders plenty of time be­fore on race day.

“I’m con­fi­dent of a very good run so long as it’s dry, but if it’s wet then I prob­a­bly wouldn’t even run him.”

The Kris Lees-trained Graff holds favouritism at $ 4 for the Golden Rose ahead of Au­tumn Sun ($ 6) and Lean Mean Ma­chine ($7) both from the Chris Waller sta­ble.

Waller ex­pects the pair to be joined by Zou­sain who de­vel­oped a tem­per­a­ture last Mon­day and has been treated with an­tibi­otics. The colt fin­ished fourth in the Run To

Rose and is at $ 9 for Golden Rose which his sire Zous­tar won 2013.

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