Lindsay Park will begin to unveil its extensive array of spring prospects with four runners in the P B Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield.
Cox Plate favourite Mystic Journey heads the 15 nominations for Saturday’s race and has been installed the $1.75 favourite from Godolphin’s Hartnell at $5.50.
Ben Hayes, who trains in partnership with his father David and cousin Tom Dabernig, said the stable would be represented by Harlem, Fifty Stars, Neufbosc and Sikandarabad in Saturday’s 1400m weight-for-age race.
“We’re really happy with him but I think we’ll be looking out for him when he gets out to 2000 metres,” Hayes said.
“The Turnbull Stakes ( Flemington) will be the race that gives us a guide as to how he’s going.”
Gelded soon after arriving in Australia six months ago, Neufbosc ran second to Sikandarabad in a recent Cranbourne trial, his first public appearance since running in last year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
“The shortest distance that he’s run over is 1900 metres so he’s going to find the 1400 well on the short side,” Hayes said.
“He ran well in the Arc lead-ups, but didn’t perform in the Arc and after that, that’s when we got him.
“He’s got some good form behind Kew Gardens, so if he can bring that form he’ll be competitive.”
Sikandarabad is first-up since finishing a tailed-off last in the Ranvet Stakes after which he was diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia.
Hayes said Sikandarabad’s trial victory was excellent.
“It will be an extremely tough race but I’m expecting him to run well fresh,” he said.
Hayes believes Fifty Stars has the class to win over 1400 metres in his second campaign for Lindsay Park after beginning his career with Darren Weir.
“We know him well now and we’re expecting a big campaign from him,” Hayes said.
Fifty Stars ($9) is the shortest of the Lindsay Park quartet.