Feb 16, 2018
It was a good start to a great night when Hay Bale jumped to the front in the fifth heat of the Summer Sprint Series at Moonee Valley on Friday - and things got even better as he maintained that lead into the straight and right to the line!
Looking to have a bit in hand saluting by 3/4 length, the good-looking bay did a great job to salute at only his second run back from a spell - in doing so recording his third victory and his second at metropolitan level.
A consistent performer who has earned over $212,000 for his happy owners Tony Penglase and Julie Estep, Hay Bale looks set for a good campaign with the stable confident that he would derive benefit form his second up run.
"He was coming back from 1100m to 1000m because he missed a run," said Don Healy, "and we really thought this one would top him off for his next start."
"But he got to the lead quite easily, it was a terrific ride and he is a really nice horse."
"He jumped away really well and put himself into the race," said jockey Mitchell Aitken, adding that "he relaxed nicely for me and in doing that was able to finish off."
"I was pretty confident coming here tonight with the 3kg claim and I was able to control the speed."
Bred by his owners, Hay Bale is a son of the five times Group One winner Canford Cliffs and the Estambul mare La Lady. Served last spring by Trust In A Gust, she is a half-sister to the durable dual stakes winner Verco Road from the family of dual Oaks winner Send Me An Angel.