ALL SMILES FOR HAYES AND CO: Purple Smile provided the Hayes family with their sixth Adelaide Cup, but it was the first for David, who trains in partnership with Tom Dabernig.
Legendary trainer Colin, father of Peter and David, won the race on four occasions (Cheong Sam 1962, Wine Taster 1972, Yashmak 1980 and Water Boatman 1990), and 18 years ago, Peter won with The Hind.
Purple Smile’s (Zabeel-By Her Smile, by Defensive Play) victory was a surprise to many, including Dabernig and jockey Stephen Baster.
“I must admit I didn’t come into the race confident thinking we could win, but he’s a Zabeel that been given time,” Dabernig said. “He had a light weight and was very fit.
“During the run I was a little bit worried, I must say we were in an awkward spot. He did get there (the front) very easily and I did think turning for home there was a fair bit of horse (left).”
Making Purple Smile’s win even more meritorious, the five-year-old jumped from the outside gate (18).
Despite his wide draw and his moderate form, the gelding was specked in betting ($31 into $16).
Baster sat quiet on Purple Smile for the first half of the race, before taking off mid-race and finding the front.
It was a decision that proved genius, Purple Smile fending off the challenges of Tunes ($41) and race favourite Real Love ($2.35).
It was Baster’s second C...