After an unsuccessful attempt at capturing a stakes race with lightly-raced three-year-old Aysar during the spring, Lindsay Park is aiming to commence the colt’s autumn campaign on the right note in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
A dual winner over 1300m at Sandown at his second and third race starts, Aysar was then promoted to stakes level for the remainder of the spring.
After an unlucky midfield finish in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m), Aysar beat all bar Ole Kirk in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 10.
Aysar was then sent out a short-priced favourite, only to be beaten by stablemate Crosshaven in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington on October 31 before being scratched after rearing up and falling on arrival on course for the Sandown Guineas two weeks later.
Lindsay Park co-trainer Ben Hayes, who trains in partnership with Tom Dabernig, said Aysar was not afforded the luxury of a long spell, however the stable has been happy with the colt’s preparation for his return.
“Even though it was a short break, he looked to have spelled well,” Hayes said.
“He’s lovely and sound and I think he’s a really classy horse.
“He’s done all the build up at the farm. He seems like he’s matured a bit and his temperament has been a lot better in the stable.
“He worked on Monday morning and he looked really sharp. He might find the 1200 metres a bit on the short side, but he’s got plenty of natural ability and a lot more improvement to come.
“We’re very happy with him.”
To be ridden by Damian Lane, who has travelled up to Lindsay Park’s property at Euroa to gallop and trial the colt, Aysar is holding favourtism for Saturday’s assignment.
Aysar opened at $2.90 on Wednesday, but has drifted to $3.30 and shades Godolphin galloper Dickin Medal, who is the $3.50 second elect.
Last year’s Blue Diamond winner Tagaloa, having his first start since finishing last in the Caulfield Guineas, has been crunched in betting, trimming up from $5.50 to $3.60 and could challenge for favouritism come race time on Saturday.