Sydney Morning Herald - Peter Ryan

Perfectly Poised For The Autumn

24 December 2018

Poised To Strike demolished his rivals with such ease on Saturday that trainer David Hayes didn’t hesitate in declaring the Australian Guineas the three-year-old’s goal for the autumn.

The gelding handled the Flemington straight with such aplomb that jockey Craig Williams hardly had to move on him until he moved within 100 metres of the finishing post, with his second win from four starts in little doubt a long way from home.

The horse is by Goldin Farms foundation stallion Akeed Mofeed who has made a very promising start as a sire at the property that was formerly Lindsay Park Stud which Colin Hayes established in 1968.

The connection the horse has to the property his father made famous made the win all the more special for Hayes, who has a high opinion of the winner.

“I really feel he will be a contender in the autumn,” Hayes told

He said the horse probably wouldn’t want to race further than 1600 metres however he said there was some logic to also entering Poised To Strike in the All-Star Mile run a fortnight after the Australian Guineas, with chances high he would gain a wild card entry if he won the group 1 race.

The VRC confirmed that Sandown Guineas winner Ringerdingding had joined Oaks winner Aristia, Perth Cup winner Material Man and Villiers Stakes winner Sky Boy among the nominations for the All-Star Mile. Grunt and Happy Clapper are also nominated for the race, with entry of 10 of the runners dependent on a public vote.

Poised To Strike’s win also stretched Williams’ lead in the jockeys premiership with the in-form Victorian riding three winners in the first five races at Flemington.

But Williams’ performance was upstaged at Colac when jockey Dylan Dunn rode six winners in the seven races on Saturday’s card, booting home Hummz, Campo, Rosso Antico, Mrs Bignell, Inastride and None Better.

Champion jockey Hugh Bowman will ride last year’s Japan Cup winner Cheval Grand in the group 1 Arima Kinen at Nakayama Racecourse this weekend, joined by fellow Sydney hoop Brenton Avdulla who will ride the 2016 Arima Kinen winner Satono Diamond.

Entry to the Arima Kinen is also dependent on the public with more than 1.5 million votes cast to determine the final field.

(Photo credit:Craig Williams rides Poised To Strike to victory at Flemington. AAP)