Hayes’ strike like a Thief in the night
Wednesday proved to be a successful day out for Euroa-based racing stable Lindsay Park.
JD Hayes and his older Ben, who train in partnership, walked away from the midweek meeting at Sale with two winners under their belt.
The first salute came in race six with Super Thief, followed by smart gelding Tadweer coming up trumps in the final race on the card.
The performances from Lindsay Park’s talented three-year-old duo follows the stable’s double at Flemington on September 22.
Super Thief, ridden by Blaike McDougall, waltzed home by more than a length in the BM64 Handicap (1006m).
The odds-on favourite settled third and pounced on an opening along the rail at the 300m and quickened down the straight to take out the $35,000 handicap.
The gelding has a 3:2-1-0 record and according to Hayes, still has plenty of room for growth.
“That was a lovely win; he had a lot in hand on the line too and he was aided by a lovely ride from Blaike,” JD Hayes said post-race.
“This horse has tactical speed, so he was able to put himself in a hard position to beat turning the corner.
“He’s a horse with a lot of upside.
“As you can see today in the preparade he was on his toe, he still has a lot to learn, he got a little bit hot.
“We’ll just take each race as it comes . . . he’s a nice horse to have in the stable, when he’s winning like that he has a lot of upside.”
The story was much of the same with Tadweer in race nine, a Class 1 Handicap (1106m).
Backed from $3.50 into $2.60 by the time the gates opened, the promising gelding led from startto-finish in another dominant display.
Jockey Daniel Stackhouse had the $35,000 race sewn up with 100m to go and held off a late charge from runner-up Jabali Ridge.
Tadweer, who now holds an undefeated record from two attempts, is destined to attack metropolitan races before spring ends.
“Yeah, that was a lovely win, it was similar to his debut win at Ballarat synthetic where he was able to dictate terms and show a nice turn of foot, it was a nice authoritative win,” JD Hayes said.
“I think he’s invited himself to have a crack at those city races now.”
Tadweer is owned by Shadwell Stud and races in the famous blue and white silks.
The partnership between Lindsay Park and Shadwell stretches back more than three decades.
Hayes highlighted how much it meant to him and his older brother to train for the global racing enterprise.
“It’s a pleasure to train for Shadwell and given the opportunity to continue racing some of their horses in these colours,” he said.
“It means a lot to our family, we’ve got a great association with them.”