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Lindsay Park will hope to cement their place in the top three at Victoria Metropolitan Trainers’ Premier Stadium with a strong showdown at Caulfield on Wednesday.
Since taking over just before the current season began, Ben and J.D. Hayes finished third on both the Victorian and Metropolitan National titles in their first season as a training partnership. with father David in Hong Kong and cousin Tom Dabernig currently training at Warrnambool.
The John Dillon shares listed (1400m) in Caulfield will see coaches with two and possibly three starting in the race.
JD Hayes confirmed Excelida and Crosshaven will take their places while awaiting a decision on whether Biometric will run first at his preferred mile and distance.
Excelida is having an impressive Benchmark 78 win over course and distance on Wednesday on Boxing Day and could be racing for a trip to New Zealand.
“She’s going well but it’s been a point leap for her to run in the black race and we’re excited to see what she can do,” Hayes said.
“It’s an eye-catching win and I think she definitely gets there depending on her eyeballs.”
In theory, Crosshaven could disappoint punters, but Hayes is confident gelding won’t be far behind.
Hayes said the stables will change some of his equipment on Wednesday.
“He was forced to carry weights because he did so well as a foal,” says Hayes.
“We can’t fault him and it was his top performance on the watch last time, so it shows he’s going really well.
“We’re thinking of taping his nose roll and tying his tongue to try to help him deal with that extra 10%.”
Hayes said if they decide to start Biometric, gelding will not be out of place in the race.
“He’s challenged in a great way and the 1400 meters in Caulfield almost define him,” said Hayes.
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