DAVID Hayes is considering three options with beautifully bred colt Petrology after his debut win today in the A Positive More Handicap at Mornington. Hayes has Petrology, a three-quarter brother to Group 1 winner Aqua D’Amore, in the $1 million ATC Sires Produce at Randwick on April  12.

The other alternates for Petrology, a $200,000 yearling, is the $115,000 SA Sires Produce Stakes (1400 m) at Morphetville on the same day or the Listed Anzac Day Stakes (1400 m) at Flemington on Anzac Day.


“I just want to see what happens in Sydney over the weekend before I make any firm decision,” Hayes said.


Hayes said there was much to like about Petrology, $4.60, a son of Fastnet Rock, who fought off a determinedAlaska, $5.50, to win by a head.


Significantly, Figlio, a $16 chance, was four lengths away third.


Dragon’s Fly, the $3.60, was never a factor in finishing eighth.


Hayes said Petrology had ran good sectionals at the Wangaratta trials and he always held an opinion of the colt.


He said he applied blinkers to the colt simply because he noted that Fastnet Rocks rarely win first up.


Petrology’s success gave an early double to champion jockey Damien Oliver, who the opening race on Church Boy for Mike Moroney. (Racing Network)