Doomben 10,000 day: Queensland trainer to saddle up first Group runner
May 19, 2019
By Isaac Ling
Sunshine Coast trainerTony Haydon will chalk up a career milestone when Master Zephyr contests the Group Three Chairman's Handicap (2000m) at Doomben on Saturday.
The former Victorian gelding - a horse that was previously with Darren Weir - will be Haydon's first ever Group runner.
"It's exciting ... it'll be great, especially if we can be really competitive and finish in the money," Haydon said. While Master Zephyr will be Haydon's first Group competitor as a trainer, he certainly knows what high quality racing is all about.
Haydon spent many years as an assistant trainer to Peter Moody and played a significant role with champion sprinter Black Caviar.
Master Zephyr tackles Saturday's assignment third-up after running second behind in-form gelding Le Juge over 1835m at Eagle Farm last month.
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The OTI-owned galloper has gate two in a capacity 16-horse field and will be ridden by Luke Tarrant.
The seven-year-old is $41 with a number of bookies and Haydon reckons he's "well over the odds."
Luke Tarrant (54kg) Tony Haydon7yoG (b) Shirocco x Missy Dancer
"The old horse, he's just loving life. It's ideal actually, third-up into this [2000m race]," Haydon said.
"We've drawn a perfect gate for him, he won't have to really do any work, he'll just mosey on and get covered up and go from there.
"I think he's well over the odds ... the other OTI horse, Le Juge the Chris Waller runner, I know he beat him the other day but he's like a $12 or $13 chance."
Haydon had his first runner in 2015, originally training in Townsville, and said he's happy operating a small, boutique stable.
"We've got a little boutique sort of stable, the quality of horses is slowly building and we'll just keep pushing along. OTI have been a great supporter of the stable," he said.
Tony Haydon with Black Caviar in 2012. Image: Getty.