Mr Brightside in a Class of His Own in PB Lawrence Stakes

Mark Smith - Saturday August 19

Although some of the greats of Australian racing have graced the stables of Lindsay Park, the prodigiously talented Mr Brightside can elicit a lump in the throat of the Hayes clan.

Too easy (image Grant Courtney)

The dual Doncaster Mile winner defended his title in Saturday’s $300,000 Group II P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) in such dominating fashion there is an array of WFA races on his agenda this spring.

With a supremely confident Craig Williams in the saddle, the 6yo son of Bullbars was geared down to defeat the 5yo Street boss (USA) gelding Pinstriped by one and three-quarter lengths with the Sacred Falls gelding Aegon a nose back in third.

In becoming the first back to back winner of the race since Tauto in 1971-72,  Mr Brightside ran the 1400m in 1.21.71s to smash the class record and go within 0.51s of Exceed And Excel’s 2003 track record.


Trained by Ben, Will & JD Hayes, Mr Brightside advances his record to twelve wins, two seconds, and two thirds with earnings of $8,423,677.

‘’He’s just gone to another level, which is quite scary,’’ Williams said.

‘’He’s just really showing how good he is. Mentally, he is a lot more professional.

‘’Wherever they decide to go with him, I want to be on his back.’’

Co-trainer Ben Hayes said Mr Brightside was likely to go to the Group 1 Memsie Stakes in two weeks before stepping to the 1600-metres of the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington on September 16.

Purchased privately after a luckless fifth at Matamata on debut, Mr Brightside was a $22,000 purchase for Phill Cataldo Bloodstock (BAFNZ) from the Phoenix Park draft at the 2019 NZB Karaka May Sale. He failed to find a buyer willing to pay his $50,000 reserve when reoffered at the 2019 NZB Ready To Run Sale.

The son of Bullbars is the best of four winners from as many to race for the Tavistock mare Lilahjay whose dam Keepable (Keeper) is a half-sister to Group 1 New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas and Group 1 WRC Captain Cook Stakes winner Foxwood (Centaine) and Group III AJC Frank Packer Plate winner Rockwood (Rock Of Gibraltar).

$8.4 million in the bank and counting (image Grant Courtney)


Race Result - Quayclean P.B. Lawrence Stakes Gr2 1400m

Caulfield Track: Good(4) Time: 1:21.71
Mr Brightside
- 6g Bullbars (AUS) x Lilahjay (NZ) (Tavistock (NZ))
Tnr: Ben, Will & Jd Hayes Rdr: Craig Williams 59
NZB Karaka May Sale $22,000
Seller: Phoenix Park
Buyer: Phill Cataldo Bloodstock (BAFNZ)
- 5g Street Boss (USA) x Snitzel Blitz (AUS) (Snitzel (AUS))
Tnr: E Jusufovic Rdr: Ben Allen 59
MM National Weanling Sale $80,000
Seller: Noorilim Park Arcadia Vic
Buyer: Enver Jusufovic/Gary Mudgway Bloodstock
- 6g Sacred Falls (NZ) x Toss Up (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
Tnr: Andrew Forsman Rdr: M J Dee 59
NZB Karaka Book 1 $150,000
Seller: Waikato Stud Ltd
Buyer: Mr AC Forsman
- 6g Kermadec (NZ) x Hangin' Tough (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Tnr: L Smith Rdr: B Shinn 59
- 4h Churchill (IRE) x Queen's Kiss (AUS) (French Deputy (USA))
Tnr: Mitchell Freedman Rdr: B Melham 58.5
- 5g Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Silent Entrance (GB) (Beat Hollow (GB))
Tnr: P G Moody & Katherine Coleman Rdr: L Nolen 59
Forgot You
- 5h Savabeel (AUS) x Simply You (NZ) (O'reilly (NZ))
Tnr: T Busuttin & N Young Rdr: D Moor 59
Uncle Bryn
- 6g Sea The Stars (IRE) x Wall Of Sound (GB) (Singspiel (IRE))
Tnr: T Busuttin & N Young Rdr: M Zahra 59
Buffalo River
- 8g Noble Mission (GB) x Fashion Insider (USA) (Indian Charlie (USA))
Tnr: M D Moroney Rdr: D Oliver 59
Western Empire
- 6g Iffraaj (GB) x Western Jewel (AUS) (Jeune (GB))
Tnr: J Leek Jnr Rdr: Ethan Brown 59
- 7m Al Maher (AUS) x Poco Gusto (AUS) (Hussonet (USA))
Tnr: C Maher & D Eustace Rdr: D Yendall 57
Regal Power
- 8g Pierro (AUS) x Broadway Belle (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Tnr: J Leek Jnr Rdr: Beau Mertens 59
El Bodegon
- 5g Kodiac (GB) x Al Andalyya (USA) (Kingmambo (USA))
Tnr: C J Waller Rdr: Damian Lane 59
- 7g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x A Million Tears (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
Tnr: Nick Ryan Rdr: C Newitt 59
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