Ben Hayes eager to buy back Sandown bound Qeyaddy when two-year-old colt goes on sale

Last-start winner Qeyaady will be in the shop window when he tackles his two-year-old assignment at Saturday’s Sandown meeting.

Qeyaady is currently owned by the late Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Stud operation, which is set to be wound up after the dual Melbourne Cup-winning owner’s passing last month.

Shadwell’s racing fillies and breeding stock will head to the Gold Coast to be sold at auction later this month while the stud’s racing colts and geldings will be sold at various online auctions.

Co-trainer Ben Hayes said Qeyaady will join the online auction group once he finishes his current racing preparation.

He said the Lindsay Park operation would attempt to buy Qeyaady for clients.

“Unfortunately with Shadwell moving on, they have to move on all their horses,” Hayes, who trains in partnership with Tom Dabernig, said.

“I’d love to try and buy him back but that won’t be until the end of this prep.

“They do everything transparently through the online auction. It’s the fairest and best way to do it.

“We’ll be organised for the sale, that’s for sure. We know their ability and the ones we like; we’ll try to get back.”

The late Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum at a horse sale in England in 2015. Picture: Alan Crowhurst/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Qeyaady went fairly without threatening in two runs in the spring but showed his talent when a narrow winner first-up at Sandown on April 5.

Hayes knows another city win would add to Qeyaady’s purchase price at auction time.

He said the son of I Am Invincible has continued to improve as the season has progressed.

“He was very good at Sandown last start but we’ll find out how good he is over the next couple of months when we run him,” Hayes said.

“He’s getting better with age. He raced as an early two-year-old when he was a bit immature.

“He’s now a bit more mature but he’s not an overly big horse.

“Ideally we’d like him to grow and strengthen a bit more but he’ll be very competitive again on Saturday.”

Albury-based jockey Blaike McDougall will take the ride on Qeyaady in Saturday’s Ladbrokes Handicap (1000m).

TAB rated Qeyaady as a $6.50 chance to notch back-to-back wins at Sandown.

Originally published asHayes colt on show at Sandown before sale

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