19th August 2023

Sire/Dam Bullbars/Lilahjay (NZ)

Article –¬†Justhorseracing

Lindsay Park trained Mr Brightside has made an emphatic statement ahead of the spring with an impressive first-up win at Caulfield. The Ben, Will and J d Hayes-trained galloper recorded a second win in the Group 2 P B Lawrence Stakes (1400m) on Saturday under a perfect ride from Craig Williams.

Sent off the $2.35¬†favourite, Mr Brightside scored by 1-¬ĺ lengths from Pinstriped ($6) with Aegon ($20) and eye-catching third, a nose away. To add merit to the victory, Mr Brightside¬†ran slick time for the trip, returning¬†1.21.71, just 0.51 secs outside of the course record on a good 4 rated surface. Ben Hayes said Mr Brightside was likely to head to the¬†Group 1¬†Memsie¬†Stakes (1400m)¬†back at Caulfield in a fortnight followed by the¬†Group 1¬†Makybe¬†Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington¬†two¬†weeks later. That race will¬†determine¬†Mr Brightside‚Äôs spring path with the¬†Group 1 King Charles III Stakes (1600m) at Randwick¬†on October 14 or the¬†Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley¬†on October 28 the gelding‚Äôs¬†potential¬†spring targets.

Hayes admitted to being nervous pre-race, but those fears were quickly allayed by Williams who put the gelding in the perfect position. ‚ÄúFrom when he jumped, he landed in a beautiful position, and it was an easy watch,‚ÄĚ Hayes said. ‚ÄúIt was an absolute 10-out-of-10 ride by Craig. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôll¬†see how he pulls up first, but the¬†Memsie¬†will¬†probably be¬†his next run and then the¬†Makybe¬†Diva and from there¬†we‚Äôll¬†make a decision, but Sydney looks quite tempting. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs¬†some nice money up there and¬†we‚Äôll¬†have to see how he is racing.¬†We‚Äôll¬†take it race by race, but the¬†Memsie¬†is¬†probably his¬†next start.‚ÄĚ One brother missing from the¬†Lindsay Park¬†training team was Will¬†who was playing Australian Rules¬†Football¬†for¬†Euroa against Kyabram in the Goulburn Valley League¬†on Saturday.

‚ÄúI think Will would have had the water boy running out the results, and I think he‚Äôll be a very happy man,‚ÄĚ J D Hayes said. Williams said the way the Hayes brothers prepared Mr Brightside¬†for his return¬†made his job easy. He said his job was to turn up on race day and on jump-out days to put the gelding through his paces. Williams added Mr Brightside had gone to another level from 12 months ago. ‚ÄúIt is¬†quite scary as he is¬†arguably the best miler in Australia,‚ÄĚ Williams said. ‚ÄúThere are some good options for him and¬†he‚Äôs¬†just¬†starting to show¬†how good he is from this preparation onwards. ‚ÄúMentally he is a much more professional¬†horse,¬†and you could feel that today. ‚ÄúI was hoping he would bring that to the races, and he did.‚ÄĚ

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