Trainer confident about landing silverware

David Hayes
David Hayes

HALL of Fame trainer David Hayes was in a cheeky mood ahead of tomorrow’s $80,000 Wodonga Gold Cup.

The Wodonga and District club has been running a Facebook competition in the lead-up to the 1590-metre feature.

The competition involved asking followers where the Wodonga cup was hiding at different landmarks around the city.

Hayes, who has accepted with Manila Jewel couldn’t resist posting a presumptuous reply.

“Hopefully, it will be in the trophy cabinet at Lindsay Park come Sunday afternoon! #manilajewel,” Lindsay Park Racing posted on Facebook.

Hayes is chasing a slice of history by aiming to emulate Wodonga’s Brian Cox who was the last trainer to capture the Albury-Wodonga cups double in the same year in 2000.

Extra Zero handed Hayes his second Albury cup victory in three years in March when he scored an all-the-way victory with champion jockey Nash Rawiller aboard.

“Wow, I didn’t realise that,” a surprised Hayes said.

“Brian is the local king and he will be hard to beat again tomorrow.”

Manila Jewel had her most recent start on Emirates Stakes day during the Flemington carnival where she tackled group company for the second time in her 47-start career.

The seven-year-old mare was beaten less than three lengths in the $300,000 group 2 Matriach Stakes (2000m) won by the Mark Kavanagh-trained Midnight Martini.

“It is on the shorter side of her distance but she is a very good consistent mare,” he said.

“She has been in work for 18 months and just loves her racing.

“She is thriving on the country environment at Euroa and spends a lot of time in the paddock during the day which is really good for her.

“The query is coming back from 2000 metres at Flemington on a pretty tight Wodonga track.”

Manila Jewel will be partnered by regular jockey Chad Schofield and is quoted a $6 chance.