Chris Casterta guides Bullish Stock (outside) to victory at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
Bullish Stock provided co-trainers David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig with a milestone victory when he narrowly triumphed in Saturday’s $80,000 Ken Cox Handicap (1800m) at Flemington.
The victory was the Lindsay Park training trio’s 100th Melbourne metropolitan win this season.
Despite the success, Hall of Fame trainer David Hayes predicted the Lindsay Park operation could be in for an even bigger campaign in 2017/18.
“Tom, Ben and I are very happy with the processes that we’ve got in place at Lindsay Park and thankfully we’re starting to get the results,” Hayes said.
“I reckon we’ll be stronger next season.
“I like our depth of two-year-olds that we’ve got which is our future and there’s plenty of yearlings coming in behind them and our older horses are racing consistently.
“We should have a good season next year.”
Hayes said he had ambitious plans for Bullish Stock, who defeated the favourite Zourkhan by a nose, with Kilimanjaro producing the eye-catching run of the race to finish third at his Australian debut.
“He (Bullish Stock) got caught a bit wide today but it might have been the key as he was able to get into his rhythm and then stay right on,” he said.
“What I loved about the win was that he had them beat and when the other horse kicked back, he stuck his head out.
“He’ll go to a 2000m race in early July and then out to 2400m and the big plan is to target the Bart Cummings to try and qualify for the Melbourne Cup.”
The four-year-old son of Tavistock was partnered to victory by apprentice Chris Caserta, who picked up the ride when Mitch Aitken became unavailable.
Third placgetter Beau Mertens predicted a bright future lay ahead for Kilimanjaro.
“After two years off, the way he hit the line I’d suggest the stable would be pretty rapt,” Mertens said.
“Once he steps up in distance he’ll be hard to beat.
“He was a little bit keen today with a horse on his outside but once he gets out over 2000m+ he’s going to be a nice horse.”