Hayes hoping to relive glory days

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 April, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 April, 2005, 12:00am

David Hayes has had a quiet season by his championship standards but this afternoon's Sha Tin card may give him a reminder of the glory days, with three overnight favourites who each look extremely hard to beat.

The two-times champion Hong Kong trainer completes a decade of success here at the end of the current season and this habitual winner is looking to go out with a bang rather than a whimper.

And, in contrast to the light muster he's sported at recent meetings, favourites Beverly Dream ($34), Fair Win ($24) and the appropriately-named Glory Years ($24) give Hayes the material to set up a big afternoon.

Beverly Dream impressed at his only run, when second to the opportunist Gifted Runner over 1,000 metres on March 19.

Although he's by champion staying sire Zabeel, Beverly Dream gets lashings of speed through his dam, Zedegal, a Group winning two-year-old filly in Australia and a sister to champion sprinter and successful sire Zeditave.

Fair Win finally lived up to his potential with a strong win from Zero In, with Lucky Cordelia third, over the Sha Tin 1,400 metres course on March 13.

The Hurricane Sky gelding has trained on well and looks to have a super chance of making it back-to-back wins.

Glory Years has been a shade disappointing, racing consistently without being able to break through.

Hayes has gone for a gear change to extract the maximum from the Flying Spur gelding, fitting blinkers for the first time.

With stable jockey Gerald Mosse on board, and with the advantage of the number one alley, there are ticks in nearly every box for this 1,300 pound, optimistically-named heavyweight.