BURNING FRONT will try to maintain an unbeaten 2017 record when he chases his fifth successive win in Monday’s $100,000 Listed C.S. Hayes Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville.
The Darren Weir-trained Burning Front has already banked more than $275,000 in prizemoney in four starts this year and is marked a $1.80 favourite with UBET for his Adelaide assignment.
Burning Front is one of eight runners Weir will saddle up at Morphettville on Cup Day and six will challenge for favouritism.
Burning Front’s chances were bolstered with the scratching of the Lloyd Williams-owned import Sir Isaac Newton on Sunday, while the interesting runner is Purple Smile having his first run since winning last year’s Adelaide Cup.
“He did a suspensory in the Adelaide Cup,’’ co-trainer Ben Hayes said on Sunday.
“We got him back for the spring but he re-injured it so we put him out again.”
The Hayes stable, who enjoyed another huge Saturday with winners in three states including the Group 1 Newmarket at Flemington, will saddle up Honey Steels Gold in the Adelaide Cup, while Khitaamy will tackle the $200,000 Magic Millions Adelaide Classic earlier in the day.
Purple Smile and Khitaamy will be ridden by talented youngster Regan Bayliss, who landed his first Group 1 success for the Lindsay Park stable in the Newmarket aboard Redkirk Warrior.
Originally published as Burning Front Weir’s biggest weapon