Power Scheme winning at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
The new-look Lindsay Park training outfit has made an immediate impression on the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington, with the Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig partnership producing at least one winner on each of the four days.
A gritty win from Power Scheme in the Nova100 Trophy registered the pair's fifth win for the carnival, highlighted by the rousing VRC Kennedy Oaks win on Thursday by Personal.
With Lindsay Park principal David Hayes taking up a position this season in Hong Kong, the restricted partnership has flourished at its first carnival.
They began the four-day carnival with the opening win of Crosshaven in the Carbine Club Stakes, then scored a double on Melbourne Cup Day with Finance Tycoon and Sin To Win before their superb Oaks victory on Thursday.
Power Scheme's win continued the winning run and Ben Hayes said he couldn't be more pleased.
"There's been some big shoes to fill (Colin, David and Peter Hayes) but it feels like a second home here at Flemington," he said.
"We've been here a long time, so it is always nice to get winners on your home track."
WATCH: Power Scheme's win
As for Power Scheme's win, Hayes said: "We're absolutely thrilled. Thrilled for Sun Stud and for the horse. He's by Fiorente, who they stand. A really good, genuinely tough horse.
"I thought Jye (McNeil) rode him perfectly - Mark Zahra was suspended so he couldn't take the ride. Just like to thank all the staff at Lindsay Park. It was a little bit of a quiet start to the spring but we've finished off well and we couldn't be happier."
McNeil was pleased to return to the winner's stall after Tuesday's Melbourne Cup victory aboard Twilight Payment.
"It's been life changing," he said of his Cup win. "Things have been pretty crazy since Tuesday but I wouldn't change it for the world."