There would be no better time for Aysar to end his run of near misses than in Saturday’s Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington.
Aysar has finished second at his past four starts, stating with the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas in the spring and stretching to the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes on February 13. The colt has finished within a length of the winner in all four second placings.
Punters could be excused for thinking Aysar was a non-winner. But co-trainer Ben Hayes doesn’t subscribe to that theory.
“I know a lot of people think he doesn’t try 100 per cent but I disagree with that,” said Hayes, who trains Aysar in partnership with Tom Dabernig. “The last four horses he’s run into are Crosshaven, Ole Kirk, Portland Sky and Tagaloa, all good three-year-olds.”
Aysar was an impressive winner at Sandown early in his three-year-old season. Picture: Brett Holburt/Racing PhotosSource:Getty Images
The form out of Aysar’s first-up run in the Manfred Stakes proved strong when the winner Portland Sky shared the prize in last Saturday’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate.
Aysar had every chance when finishing second to Tagaloa in the CS Hayes Stakes. But Hayes said one factor cost the son of Deep Field at his last run.
“I really feel he did blow out again,” Hayes said. “He was only second-up and it was a very genuinely run race. The time was very fast and it was the second-fastest CS Hayes Stakes in the last 20 years.”
Hayes said the powerful Aysar recovered well from the CS Hayes Stakes. He added the stable has been able to give the three-year-old the work he needed to be fit enough to win Saturday’s $1 million race.
“His Grand Final is the Guineas and we’re thrilled with the way he pulled up after the CS Hayes,” Hayes said. “He’s come through the race, which is what we wanted to see and we’ve been able to get some strong gallops into him.”
The barrier draw will offer Aysar no excuses in the Australian Guineas. Aysar will jump from barrier two with Damian Lane aboard in his second crack at a Group 1 race.
Aysar is an $8.50 chance to post a breakthrough win at Flemington.
Originally published asPerfect time for Aysar to end drought in Guineas
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