Keen Array Far Too Good in 2015 Blue Sapphire Stakes

October 14th, 2015

Clear punters’ pick Keen Array has justified his resounding favouritism at Caulfield Racecourse this afternoon; producing an impressive turn of foot in the final straight to take out the featured 2015 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m).

Keen Array was far too good for his rivals in winning the 2015 Blue Sapphire Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Keen Array was far too good for his rivals in winning the 2015 Blue Sapphire Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Jumping from the gates well, jockey Damien Lane elected to settle Keen Array off the pace of early leaders Haptic, Raphael’s Cat and Black Vanquish, who flew the barriers and ensure plenty of tempo would be injected into the Blue Sapphire Stakes from the outset.

Peeling off the fence rounding onto the final straight, Lane allowed the Bel Esprit gelding to balance before asking for an extra effort; the three-year-old immediately responding and comfortably pulling clear to hit the line ahead of Godolphin stable mates Mogador and Haptic.

Trainer David Hayes was on hand for Keen Array’s performance for success in the 2015 Blue Sapphire Stakes and revealed he will likely target the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day with the gelding next-up.

“It did look a two horse race and it turned out a two horse race,” Hayes said after the Blue Sapphire Stakes.

“I thought Damien showed lovely poise and produced him when it matter.

“I think he will have run very fast sectionals and he’s a horse with a big, big future.

“I know John O’Shea has got a huge opinion of Mogador and he had to be at his absolute best to beat him.

“Where we go next we’ll probably think about it, but there’s a lovely set-weights race at the Valley and I think he could be a freak at the Valley the way he was the other day. We might think about taking on the very, very best next prep.”

Lane delivered a perfectly-timed performance aboard Keen Array for success in the 2015 Blue Sapphire Stakes, and was quick to lay the praise on the class of the three-year-old in the win.

“Right from day one when I sat on him at Geelong I thought he’s got a big motor and he’s going to do better things,” Lane said.

“He’s improving all the time, he’s only a green horn still but a sign of good things to come.

“I actually thought I’d be one out, one back and be in that second line but he didn’t begin as well as he normally did.

“It’s another good string to his bow and he’s very versatile.”

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