Petrology was the highlight on a big day for David Hayes and Tom Dabernig with a runaway win in Saturday’s $300,000 Group 2 Sportingbet Sandown Guineas (1600m).
The win gave the partnership an unassailable lead in the Spring Racing Trainers’ Premiership and landed them and their chosen charity partner – Make A Wish Australia – $25,000 in prize money.
The result also capped a treble for Hayes and Dabernig, who earlier prepared the unbeaten Wawail to win the $120,000 City of Greater Dandenong Stakes (1400m) and later claimed the $150,000 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) with Fast ‘N’ Rocking.
Admitting they were thinking of gelding Petrology before his last-start win on Oaks Day at Flemington, Hayes said that was certainly off the table with the son of Fastnet Rock now likely to be aimed towards the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington in March.
“That was actually the win of a good horse, he looks like a weight-for-age horse going forward I think,” Hayes said.
“It’s funny Ollie (Damien Oliver) rode him as a two-year-old and he said he felt like a Group 1 horse and recommended a few of his friends buy into the horse and he’s not a bad judge Ollie.
“I’m really excited about him, we’ll put him aside now after he stepped up on the big stage twice and he might be an Australian Guineas horse I think.”
After settling at the tail of the field early for jockey Nick Hall, Petrology ($14) swept down the outside in the straight to score a 2.25-length win over Stratum Star ($3.20F), with Berisha ($101) a further 1.25 lengths back in third.
Hayes said it was a massive thrill to win the inaugural Trainers title in the Spring Racing Premierships, especially as it secured $25,000 for Make A Wish Australia.
“To win for Make A Wish is terrific, it’s a fantastic charity that does a lot of great work with sick children,” he said.
“It’s been a long Spring and we’ve led for nearly a month so it’s great to hang on.”