Derby placegetter to resume in CS Hayes

Mar 04, 2020

Derby placegetter to resume in CS Hayes

by AAP

Trainer Ken Keys is under no illusion about the task confronting Soul Patch when he resumes in the C S Hayes Stakes at Flemington.

There have been 14 entries taken for Saturday's Group Three 1400m-race including the Caulfield Guineas quinella of Super Seth and Alligator Blood.

The talented Dalasan and star New Zealander Catalyst are also there along with Victoria Derby winner Warning.

Soul Patch has not raced since the Derby (2500m) in November when he finished third behind Warning and Southern Moon.

A lightly raced colt, Soul Patch has won three of his six starts and recorded two minor placings.

His only unplaced effort was when eighth in the Caulfield Guineas before he won The Vase at The Valley (2040m) on October 26, a week before the Derby.

He finished second in a barrier trial at Cranbourne over 990m last week.

"I couldn't have been happier with his trial and he came through it well," Keys said.

"Obviously the good ones will be there in force and we're not scared of them.

"He should be very competitive I believe and we'll keep going up from there."