MICKEY HAS EYES ON JOIN­ING ELITE GROUP

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACE DAY PREVIEW - MATT JONES

MICKEY Blue Eyes will tar­get Group 1 suc­cess at his next start af­ter his im­pres­sive win in the Listed Dulcify Qual­ity (1600m) at Royal Rand­wick yes­ter­day.

The Hayes/Dabernig­trained Medaglia d’Oro colt had a dif­fi­cult task in front of him at the top of the straight with w a bunch of horses in his way but his de­ter­mi­na­tion got him past Gem Song late.

David Hayes thinks he de­serves a crack at the top level.

“I would say he might run in the Spring Cham­pion Stakes (2000m) or go back to Vic­to­ria and run in the Caulfield Guineas,” the trainer said.

“I think he would have been a lit­tle bit un­lucky to lose af­ter get­ting held up at a vi­tal stage, but he re­ally charged and stuck his head out.

“He’s a qual­ity horse. He beat Black Caviar’s son (Price Of Caviar) who’s come out and won, and wasn’t far off Graff.”

Jockey Re­gan Bayliss said Mickey Blue Eyes would be suited by a rise in trip.

“He’s got a lot of po­ten­tial,” Bayliss said. “He had a few things against him af­ter they went slow in the run, but he was able to pin his ears back and was great through the line. “He had the will to win. “I don’t think 2000m would pose a threat at all. He’s a lovely clean-winded an­i­mal and has a bright fu­ture.”

Re­gan Bayliss on Mickey Blue Eyes af­ter win­ning.

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