Shepparton News

Mr Brightside has killer punch

- By AYDIN PAYNE

Destiny is calling Mr Brightside after the Lindsay Park Racing galloper stormed home to clinch the Seymour Cup (1600m) on Sunday.

The Euroa-based stable has unearthed an emerging talent following the gelding’s impressive victory in the Listed $200,000 race.

Mr Brightside ($2.40), who has now won six on the trot, displayed why he was the pre-race favourite, cruising home to win by more than two lengths in a blistering performanc­e.

Jockey Craig Williams sat on the speed before pushing forward at the home turn which allowed Mr Brightside to quicken at the 250m and zip off towards the winning post.

It is the first time in more than three decades the Seymour Cup — which was run at Ballarat due to renovation­s at Seymour — heads back to Lindsay Park.

Ben Hayes, who trains in partnershi­p with younger brother JD, was trackside to witness the stable’s newest star salute.

“I think that was his most impressive win to date,” Hayes said post-race.

“On the worst part of the track . . . his turn of foot was electric and he had the race put away a long way from home. He had his ears pricked on the line which I thought was very exciting.

“These horses are very hard to come by and I think he’s quite special.

“He’s just stepped up to the mark each time and he’s just a fantastic horse to have.

“Again, I have to thank all of the staff who are working really hard to get these results and I think the team is going really well.”

Mr Brightside’s win in the feature race delivered the Hayes duo its maiden Listed triumph.

The son of Bulbars now holds a classy 9:6-1-0 record.

And more prized wins could be on the way.

 ?? Picture: Racing Photos ?? Star on the rise: The Seymour Cup was won on Sunday by promising Lindsay Park gelding Mr Brightside, who looks set to tackle Group One races in Melbourne later this spring.
Picture: Racing Photos Star on the rise: The Seymour Cup was won on Sunday by promising Lindsay Park gelding Mr Brightside, who looks set to tackle Group One races in Melbourne later this spring.

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