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Hayes considers Emirates Stakes for import
Mathew Toogood
18:39 AEST Mon Jun 24 2013

David Hayes already has high hopes for import Jet Away this spring and is excited to welcome another quality international galloper into his camp.

Crackerjack King, a half-brother to last year's Melbourne Cup placegetter Jakkalberry and also raced by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, is being transferred to Hayes' stable and the trainer is hoping he can play a role late in the spring carnival.

"He gets to me in August and he's had seven wins from 10 runs," Hayes said.

"He's coming back from a minor tendon injury but we're hoping he might be able to run in the Emirates (Stakes) or something first-up. He's a Group One horse."

Crackerjack King was a Group One winner over 2000m in Italy last May and also claimed the Group Two Italian Derby a year earlier.

He hasn't started since finishing fifth in the Arlington Million (2012m) in the United States 10 months ago.

While Hayes is looking for Crackerjack King to make his Australian debut in the spring, the trainer also has an eye on next year's autumn carnival.

"I reckon the Australian Cup is probably the more realistic goal," the trainer said.

Meanwhile, Hayes said Caulfield Cup hopeful Jet Away was progressing nicely towards a new season return.

The former English horse made a big impression in his only two Australian starts in March, coming from near last to win the Golden Mile (1600m) at Bendigo first-up before claiming the Group Three Easter Cup (2000m) at Caulfield.

His first-up spring target is the Group One Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.

"I couldn't be happier with him, but he's only doing early training at the moment," Hayes said.


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