Seaburge to make return in 2016 McNeil Stakes Field

His sister has already made a winning return to racing and Seaburge will try to do likewise in the McNeil Stakes.

Seaburge will step out for his first start as a three-year-old in Saturday’s Group Three 1200m-sprint at Caulfield, a week after his elder sister posted a first-up win in a mares’ handicap at Moonee Valley.

Catch A Fire, who like Seaburge is by Sebring out of Polska, resumed with a win over 1200m on Saturday having won at Group level as a three-year-old.

Co-trainer David Hayes is looking to aim Catch A Fire at Group races for mares this campaign, starting with the Let’s Elope Stakes next month at Flemington.

Seaburge, meanwhile, has the stallion-making Caulfield Guineas as his target having demonstrated talent during his juvenile season with two wins from four starts highlighted by victory in the Group Two VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Flemington in March.

His juvenile campaign came to an end with a midfield finish on a soft track in the Group One Sires’ Produce Stakes in Sydney.

“He runs on Saturday in the McNeil and he’s on a traditional Guineas path,” Hayes said.

“He’s a very good horse. I think he’s got Group One potential.”

Seaburge won a jump-out at Flemington on Friday and Hayes, who is also a part-owner of Seaburge, believes the three-year-old is shaping up well for the spring.

“On the way my three-year-olds have been running, he’s going to run pretty well next week,” Hayes said.

Seaburge is at $21 in the Caulfield Guineas market and is high in the pecking order among Lindsay Park’s Guineas hopefuls.

“It can change every week at this time of year but he’s one of the main ones,” Hayes said.

“I’ve got a really good group of emerging three-year-olds. Race form will be the ultimate guide, but he’s one of my favourites.”

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