MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — FEBRUARY 17: Regan Bayliss after riding Redkirk Warrior to win Race 8, Black Caviar Lightning during Melbourne Racing at Flemington Racecourse on February 17, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — FEBRUARY 17: Regan Bayliss after riding Redkirk Warrior to win Race 8, Black Caviar Lightning during Melbourne Racing at Flemington Racecourse on February 17, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Redkirk a saving grace for Bayliss

DAVID Hayes is confident Redkirk Warrior can lift the gloom around Regan Bayliss's 25-meeting ban as Lindsay Park prepares a formidable sprint arsenal for Saturday's Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington.

Bayliss will start his suspension for reckless riding after Saturday and won't be eligible to return until April 2.

Hayes said straight-course specialist Redkirk Warrior could be the silver lining to Bayliss's abbreviated autumn, declaring the import had thrived since winning the Lightning Stakes last month.

"I reckon he's better (than when he mowed down Redzel)," Hayes said. "I reckon he'll be very hard to beat, but he's got to carry the weight (57.5kg) now. But, gee, he's a good horse."

Hayes will also saddle Catchy, Thronum, So Si Bon and Fastnet Tempest - with Derryn also a possibility for the Newmarket.

"(We're) fully loaded, fully loaded," he said. "We had the three (Thronum, Fastnet Tempest and So Si Bon) who trialled up the straight (at Flemington last week) and Derryn might run if it rains. Then (there's) Redkirk and Catchy, so maybe six."

Regan Bayliss and Redkirk Warrior reel in super sprinter Redzel (not pictured) to take out the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes. Picture: Getty Images
Regan Bayliss and Redkirk Warrior reel in super sprinter Redzel (not pictured) to take out the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes. Picture: Getty Images

Hayes said Australia Stakes winner Thronum had "trialled enormous" since his narrow second to Hartnell in the Orr Stakes, with third placegetter Brave Smash going on to win the Group 1 Futurity last week.

"So it's great form - after the trial he (jockey Mick Dee) said 'you wouldn't get me off with an axe'," he said.

Regan Bayliss after winning the Launceston Cup on Bondeiger last Wednesday. Picture: Chris Kidd
Regan Bayliss after winning the Launceston Cup on Bondeiger last Wednesday. Picture: Chris Kidd

Michael Walker will partner So Si Bon, while Caulfield Cup-winning jockey Cory Parish rides Blue Diamond winner Catchy.

Hayes will start Harlem and Ventura Storm in Saturday's Australian Cup.

Macedon Lodge will have three Australian Cup entrants - Almandin, Taj Mahal, Homesman.

All being well, the trio could join Saturday's Flemington winner Aloft in next month's Sydney Cup.



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