Two hats for Dufficy at Randwick on Saturday

Feb 26, 2016

Story by Brent Zarafa - The Punters Show


RON DUFFICY will be wearing two hats in the mounting yard at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

One will be as the form expert for Sky Racing, the other will be as the part-owner of colt Hayman, who makes his debut in the Skyline Stakes.

With this in mind, we thought it would be interesting to speak to Duff to find out whether his heart has any influence over his head when assessing the field for the Group 3 race?

“I’m always quite harsh on horses I own, I am generally negative towards them, not because I’m trying to hide anything, I’m just being realistic,” he said.

“And there is no big secret with this bloke, it is a massive surprise that he is here but I’ll take it if he can cause an upset.

“We are just having a throw at the stumps with him, he is a big raw bugger that always gave them impression he would be a three-year-old so hopefully it is a good sign for the future that he is showing speed now.”

Hayman tips the scales at 554kg according to trainer Lee Curtis and ran slick time in a recent barrier trial at Rosehill Gardens.

“He shocked me in the trial, he went awful the trial before and I was scared to watch the latest one,” Duff laughed.

“He was made to run time, he was pushed out but it was still good that he did it.”

So who does Dufficy think will win the Skyline Stakes?

“I think the Godolphin pair have a grip on the race,” he said.

“I’d lean towards Telperion because he has the run under his belt but I liked what Souchez did on debut and his recent trial was class.

“That is not selling James Cummings’ horse short, he has a good chance too but I think the Godolphin pair will fight it out.”

Lee Curtis said the plan will be to let Hayman use his natural speed on Saturday and he like Dufficy, is hopeful rather than confident of a good run.

“You never know until you try them, we are under no illusion of the task ahead but we are having a crack,” he said.

“Normally I’d like to give them another trial to solidify what he did last time but the race is here and the horse is well so why not?

“Early on he wasn’t showing us any speed but now he is.

“He has really switched since his first trial.

“I think he may turn in to a nice on pace sprinter, he seems to run the same last section whether he has worked hard early or not so I’d imagine he will go forward and see if he can run 1200m.”