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Hayes Bullish About Stay With Me Despite Draw
David Hayes is confident that beautifully bred filly Stay With Me (Street Cry-Miss Finland, by Redoute's Choice) has the requisite class to overcome a wide draw in tomorrow's Gr2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield. The 3YO daughter of champion filly Miss Finland claimed her first stakes victory when scoring a strong finishing win in the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley two weeks ago, but she will have to contend with barrier eleven if she is to make it two black-types victories in a row. "Another frustrating barrier. She will probably be giving them a start but she is a classy filly, and she will be coming over the top of them late," Hayes said. "We will definitely be riding her on the quiet side, and letting her finish because she does have a tendency, if given too much reign early, to charge. So we will be patient early and producing her late." He added: "She has made good natural improvement from the Valley. She is going well." Hayes also has last season's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes runner-up Reemah accepted to run in the Thousand Guineas Prelude, but the Lindsay Park trainer says his preference is to run her in the easier Gr3 TBV Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley tonight. "She has a good barrier on Saturday (barrier 2), but I think Saturday's race is infinitely harder than Friday night's race," he said. "She has a bit of form at the Valley, and I think there is enough pace in the race to sit quietly on her and produce her late like we did in the Blue Diamond...so I'm favouring Friday."