The Lindsay Park stable intend to hit the season’s first pivotal weight-for-age race with big numbers with four of their imported gallopers aiming to impress in the $200,000 G2 Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield this Saturday.
Co-trainer David Hayes confirmed on Monday that the imports Neufbosc, Sikandarabad, Harlem and Fifty Stars would use the race for their first runs of the spring and said he suspected one of them could play a major role in the result of the race.
“I think for Neufbosc, it will probably be too short but Sikandarabad could be a good chance because he’s got good fresh form and did run second to Avilius (Carlyon Cup) earlier in his preparation last time and he does look like he’s come back better again so he’s an import who is on the improve,” Hayes warned.
“He’s a consistent horse who ran one bad race last prep and he had heart fibrillation but he’s gotten over that well and truly and I’d look for him in the early spring to be featuring.”
As for Neufbosc, Hayes said he did not expect too much in his first run for the stable but said he had no doubting the horse’s quality.
“He’s a very talented horse,” he said. “He featured in all the lead-up races to the Arc. It’s like leading into the Melbourne Cup and running well in all the good races.
“He bombed out in the Arc and he just might have had enough but he’s arrived here and we gelded him and he’s been with us for quite a while and he’s acclimatised really well and we’re hoping that when he hits 2000 metres, he’ll start finding form.
“He’s never really raced much below a mile and a half but that trial was pretty encouraging I thought. The target races are the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.”
As with Neufbosc, Hayes said he also expected Harlem to be in need of Saturday’s outing.
“He’s come back really well,” he said.
“He’s a dual Australian Cup winner who will probably take a run. He hits his best form when he hits Flemington but as long as he’s finishing his race off well.
“I am really happy with him but I wouldn’t expect anything in the Lawrence.”
Hayes said that Fifty Stars, who he gained off the Darren Weir stable in February, was capable of putting in a winning sprint this Saturday but felt he would improve sharply off the run.
“He looks like he’s improved from last preparation and he’s a dual Group 2 winner. He’ll run a good race but I’ve just got a caution on him that he took a run for the stable last prep.
“I think with this run under his belt, he’ll be ready to go another level.”
WATCH: Fifty Stars (red), Harlem (yellow) jumpout last Friday