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Australian Cup leads day of drama

BY Adrian Dunn - @ADRIANDUNN2
8 months ago Horse Racing

Brilliant colt Seaburge wins Sires Produce. Pic: Sharon Chapman.

CAULFIELD GUINEAS COLT: By his guesstimation, David Hayes says Seaburge bumped his valuation by $3 million with his dominant win in the Group 2 VRC Sires Produce. While Hayes noted the Sires carried $200,000 in prizemoney, he said the actual value was tenfold plus. “He was probably racing for $3 million,” Hayes said. “It is very exciting for all the owners.” Hayes believes such excitement levels are destined to soar even higher when Seaburge turns three. “He’s a (Caulfield) Guineas horse all day,” Hayes said. “There is so much to look forward to, he has that extra action and that’s what you like in a horse.” Hayes will now take Seaburge, $220,000 purchase at the Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale, to Sydney for the $1 million ATC Sires (1400m) at Randwick on April 2 with the $500,000 G1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) a fortnight later a possibility. “I just love the way he extended, he has that extra action over the last 200 metres. It was great,” Hayes said. Mark Zahra was worried during the run as the tempo set by Sydney colt Detective was modest. “They were walking early,” Zahra said. “It played into my hands when Hot Dipped came off the fence as I was able to save ground. He has a good horse’s action and he has an excellent turn of foot.”

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