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Tivaci Wins Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) added a Group success when 3YO colt Tivaci (High Chaparral-Breccia, by Fastnet Rock) scored by 0.1-length on protest for trainer Mike Moroney in the $150,000 Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) for 3YO c&g, over fellow 3YO colt Palentino (Teofilo-Palatine Hill, by Palace Music) & 3YO gelding and stable-mate Tulsa (Sebring-Morning Dews, by Peintre Celebre). This was the first stakes victory for Tivaci who took his record to 3 wins and 2 placings from 7 starts for $152,800 earnings. Stewards upheld a protest by Tivaci's rider Craig Williams alleging interference at the 900m mark. The stewards were satisfied that the interference caused by Palentino shifting out on Tivaci was enough to reverse the placings given the narrow short-head margin on the line. "The problem we have is the short-head margin," chief steward Terry Bailey said. "We believe the interference suffered to Craig Williams' mount exceeds that margin and at the end of the day, we're of the view had it not been for that interference that Tivaci would've won the race." Trainer Mike Moroney was thrilled with the performance of Tivaci who will head to the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on 5 March. "When that happened Tivaci got left out there and probably had to make his run a bit sooner than we normally would've and he stuck on great I thought," Moroney said. Tivaci, who hails form the family of Gr1 Toorak Handicap winner Allez Wonder and is a direct descendant of Melbourne Cup winning mare Rainbird (7th dam), was a NZ$250,000 purchase by Paul Moroney Bloodstock at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Princes Farm.