Gentleman Roy chasing maiden Group 1 win

Ultra-consistent Gentleman Roy is heading towards his first Group 1 assignment in the Toorak Handicap.

GENTLEMAN ROY.
GENTLEMAN ROY. Picture: Racing Photos

Ben and J D Hayes reaped the rewards of being patient with stable star Mr Brightside and have learned from that approach with Gentleman Roy

Mr Brightside provided the brothers with their first Group 1 success when taking out the Doncaster Handicap in the autumn and now it is Gentleman Roy's time to shine on the big stage. 

Gentleman Roy heads to Caulfield on Saturday to contest another of the prestigious mile handicaps on the Australian calendar, the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m). 

While the Epsom Handicap struggled numbers wise at Randwick last Saturday, the Toorak Handicap has attracted a near capacity field of 16 runners. 

Gentleman Roy will be third-up into Saturday's contest and is coming off a last start win in the Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m) on September 25. 

The Hayes brothers had planned to have Gentleman Roy racing fourth-up on Saturday, but a niggle before starting his campaign put him behind schedule. 

"He went into his first run underdone, but he ran incredibly well, and I just love the improvement that he has shown from his first to his second runs," Ben Hayes said. 

"He's starting to really come on in the coat now, dapple up and I think he's peaking at the right time." 

Hayes has genuine respect for the Peter Moody-trained I Wish I Win who lowered Gentleman Roy's colours first-up at Caulfield on August 27. 

Gentleman Roy has a 2kg weight swing in his favour, although there was four lengths between the pair. 

"I think Peter Moody's horse will be hard to beat, but he gets back in his races, and we make our own luck," Hayes said. 

"So, if he has traffic and we are up front and rolling, we could be hard to catch." 

Gentleman Roy had a seven-run campaign last preparation, finishing first or second on each occasion, and has started the current campaign with a similar formline. 

If all goes to plan on Saturday, Hayes said Gentleman Roy could run in the Group 1 Champions Mile (1600m) at Flemington on November 5 with the possibility of a trip to Perth to follow. 

"He's a really tough horse, lightly raced, and we just couldn't get at him properly as a younger horse, but we're seeing those benefits now," Hayes said.


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Caulfield

Saturday, 08th October 2022

9
17:10
(local)

Hyland Race Colours Toorak Handicap (G1)

WT: 52.0kg Type: OPEN
AUD $1,002,750
1600m TURF SOFT
9
17:10
(local)
AUD $1,002,750
1600m SOFT

Hyland Race Colours Toorak Handicap (G1)

WT: 52.0kg Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 8. TUVALU (AUS) 5yo G
KERMADEC (NZ) - HANGIN' TOUGH (AUS)
JARROD FRY
LINDSEY SMITH
$9.5
53.5kg
C M Wells, W B Andrews Breeding & Racing (Mgr: W B Andrews), P G McCallum & J A Farac

Sales Information

2nd 4. LAWS OF INDICES (IRE) 4yo H
POWER (GB) - SAMPERS (IRE)
JAMES MCDONALD
ANNABEL NEASHAM
$13
56kg
Aquis Farm Stallions (Mgr: J P Davies), D P Hickey, D Cicolella, A J Luciano, S Carlos, G J P Van Ameyden, A J Willoughby, D F Degenhardt, G J Williamson, Hack Canter (Mgr: D A Farrington), The Laws (Mgr: Ms C R Holmes), Best Bloodstock (Mgr: J A Magnabosco) & Ms J V Borg

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3rd 11. MILITARY EXPERT (AUS) 4yo H
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - GRESSET (AUS)
JAMIE KAH
ANNABEL NEASHAM
$16
52kg
Fung Family Racing (Mgr: D Bender), Annabel Neasham Racing (Mgr: Ms A S Neasham), P Lee & T H K Lau

Sales Information

4th 9. GENTLEMAN ROY (AUS) 6yo G
SO YOU THINK (NZ) - LA LA LAND (AUS)
JYE MCNEIL
BEN & JD HAYES
$13
53kg
5th 5. I WISH I WIN (NZ) 4yo G
SAVABEEL (AUS) - MAKE A WISH (NZ)
LUKE NOLEN
PETER G MOODY
$2.2
54.5kg
6th 13. PINSTRIPED (AUS) 4yo G
STREET BOSS (USA) - SNITZEL BLITZ (AUS)
MICHAEL DEE
ENVER JUSUFOVIC
$11
52kg

Sales Information

7th 12. NONAME LANE (AUS) 6yo G
SHAMUS AWARD (AUS) - SOVEREIGN CHARM (AUS)
LINDA MEECH
WILL CLARKEN
$41
52kg
8th 14. CHARACTER (AUS) 4yo G
TEOFILO (IRE) - MONOGRAM (AUS)
DEAN YENDALL
JAMES CUMMINGS
$31
52kg
9th 3. DALASAN (AUS) 6yo H
DALAKHANI (IRE) - KHANDALLAH (AUS)
JASON HOLDER
LEON MACDONALD & ANDREW GLUYAS
$31
56kg

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10th 10. BANKERS CHOICE (NZ) 5yo G
MONGOLIAN KHAN (AUS) - SIGNORINA (NZ)
CRAIG NEWITT
MICHAEL MORONEY
$26
52.5kg

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11th 7. BUFFALO RIVER (USA) 6yo G
NOBLE MISSION (GB) - FASHION INSIDER (USA)
DANIEL STACKHOUSE
MICHAEL MORONEY
$101
53.5kg

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12th 2. CONVERGE (AUS) 4yo G
FRANKEL (GB) - CONVERSELY (IRE)
TIM CLARK
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
$41
56.5kg
13th 6. HILAL (AUS) 4yo H
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - SALMA (AUS)
CRAIG WILLIAMS
MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES
$26
54kg

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14th 1. CALLSIGN MAV (NZ) 6yo G
ATLANTE (AUS) - RAADISI (NZ)
JAMIE MOTT
DANNY O'BRIEN
$17
58kg

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15th 15. UNCLE BRYN (GB) 4yo G
SEA THE STARS (IRE) - WALL OF SOUND (GB)
DANIEL MOOR
TRENT BUSUTTIN & NATALIE YOUNG
$16
52kg

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