BLETCHINGLY Stakes day kicked off with a bang for Lindsay Park as quality three-year-old Sanadaat returned an easy winner of the Jim Conway Handicap.
The daughter of Not A Single Doubt was returning having finished an unlucky third in the Talindert Stakes at Flemington where arguably it should have won and it made short work of the small field at Sandown on Sunday.
With Jake Duffy in the saddle, Sanadaat was able to eventually find a spot one off the rail after sitting wide in the early stages, but approaching the turn it was cruising and the highly-talented filly looks to be one for the spring.
“I’ve liked everything about her, good attitude and always gives her all,” Duffy said, who rode Sanadaat to victory on debut at Morphettville. “I was pushing hard to ride her in Adelaide.
“I was basically glad Dave (David Hayes) was able to give me the opportunity.”
The race didn’t quite go to plan for Duffy in the early stages, but the $2.60 favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au never looked worried about sitting wide.
“That wasn’t her pattern and she’s better ridden with a sit, but in the small field I rode her like the best horse in the race,” Duffy added.
Co-trainer David Hayes was more than happy to give Duffy the ride after an injury interrupted 2016/2017 season.
“Jake’s been riding her in work and after her trial he begged me to ride it in Adelaide,” Hayes explained. “One day I was having a chat with Rayan Moore (Racing Manager) at Wangaratta in between trials and I said, ‘why don’t we get him to ride track work?’.
“He’s been riding good work. He’s coming back after an injury and it’s good to see him back in the winners stall.”
Hayes has big plans for Sanadaat, which includes The Thousand Guineas at Caulfield which kicks off the Melbourne spring carnival.
Sanadaat is still $41 to win The Thousand Guineas at CrownBet.com.au and Hayes believes it’s up to that class.
“She’s a little bit of class,” he said. “She should be undefeated and she’ll measure up in the top echelon.
“She’s been plagued with shin soreness… but I really feel she is classy.”
Hayes will target a stakes race next up for the three-year-old and Hayes is confident it will start as one of the favoured runners with bookmakers.
“We’ll be looking for a stakes race at her next run and she’ll be one of the favourites,” Hayes added.