David Hayes believes his import Laristan will give a bold showing in the Group 1 BMW stakes at Rosehill on Golden Slipper day.
Hayes bought the horse as a three year old, after it won a listed race over 2400m in France, with the Group 1 staying events in mind.
“He will run the 2400m right out. I’d prefer him in under handicap conditions but he certainly has the talent,” said Hayes.
The BMW Stakes will mark the first time the classy European galloper has stepped beyond the 2000m since arriving in Australia last year.
“He was only a three year old in the Spring so I didn’t hurt him.
“We only gave him one race and I reckon its standing him in good stead now,” said Hayes.
Laristan was the winner of Victoria Plate at Flemington over 2000m, and beat home Mourayan who he will line up against on the weekend.
Following that Laristan finished 6th in the Australian Cup, four lengths behind the winner Shocking.
“I just think at Weight for Age he wants a mile and a half not 2000m.
“I just think he did extremely well (in the Australian Cup), of the on pace runners he was the first one home,” said Hayes.
Hayes also has Extra Zero in the BMW Stakes.
“I was really happy with Extra Zero’s run the other day. It looked like he was looking for a mile and a half, and he probably didn’t have the best of luck,” said Hayes.
Laristan is currently rated a $16.00 chance and will be ridden by Craig Williams, while Extra Zero is the outsider of the field at $51.00 and will be ridden by Steven Arnold.