Published by Michael Manley, 15th November 2018 on news.com.au
They were 2014 winner Au Revoir, who finished eighth, the 2015 winner Who Shotthebarman 11th and 2016 winner Beautiful Romance seventh.
Hayes said punters only needed to look at Ventura Storm’s previous start in which he defeated the Mackinnon Stakes winner Trap For Fools in the Moonee Valley Cup to show he had the form to win on Saturday.
Although the training operation of David and his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig received the award of trainer of the Flemington carnival after training one winner and several placings, Hayes is looking for a big day at Sandown.
“I’ve had Flemington carnivals where we were in the placings and had a frustrating time then come to Sandown and the wheel turns and we can have four or five winners,” he said. “I think with the team we’ve got in on Saturday we could have a really good day.”
Hayes hasn’t trained a Zipping Classic winner but has won the Sandown Guineas twice with Cayambe (2005) and Petrology (2014).
Hayes has two Guineas runners on Saturday — Long Leaf and Good ‘N’ Fast. Hayes said Long Leaf’s last-start sixth in the Coolmore Stakes at Flemington was an excellent run.
“He got outsprinted but the horses which defeated him were superstars,” he said. “He likes this track and 1600m should suit.”
Hayes said Good ‘N’ Fast was racing well but again had drawn poorly.