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Hayes brothers looking on Brightside with Barbie’s Fox

*Article by Chris Roots for The Sydney Morning Herald

Ben and JD Hayes have a theory on coming to Sydney: “Only bring the good ones.”

Barbie's Fox, Aaron Park, TBB Racing, Lindsay Park
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The Hayes brothers have only had 11 runners in Sydney this season, and Mr Brightside’s second Doncaster has proven they know what it takes to win big races. But they thought enough of Barbie’s Fox to send her up to Sydney for the past month.

“It’s hard to win up there and we have such a wide array of races down here that we can generally find a race for most horses in Victoria,” JD Hayes said. “But this mare was in good form and a couple of stakes races came up at the right time for her in Sydney, so we had a crack at them.

“We thought the Winter Stakes was the right race for her last start and she had no luck, and this race was in the plans as well.”

Barbie’s Fox came off placings at Sandown and Caulfield before having little luck in the straight in the Winter Stakes with her late-charging style.

It was amazing that she got within 1¾ lengths of Winter Stakes winner Ucalledit after being held up between horses from the 400m to 200m mark and then was disappointed for a run at the 150m, where she was stuck over the head by another rider’s whip.

“Not much went right,” Hayes said. “She stayed up there after that run and we are very happy with her. We just need her to have some luck on Saturday.

“We would love to get her some black type, and that was the idea coming up there. “If she can reproduce the run from last time and get a clear run, she should go close.”


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