Red­kirk War­rior sprints for glory


Shepparton News - - SPORT - By Alex Mitchell

Star Lind­say Park geld­ing Red­kirk War­rior will look to re­cap­ture his best form and show he re­mains one of the world’s best sprint­ers in to­day’s $1 mil­lion VRC Sprint Clas­sic.

The eight-year-old is back from a four-month spell in the time­honoured group one — twice won by all-time sprinter Black Caviar — run­ning in Aus­tralia for the first time since a for­get­table trip to Eng­land.

He ran 10th in the group one Di­a­mond Ju­bilee and July Cup, but boasts ex­cel­lent first-up form in­clud­ing a win in Fe­bru­ary’s group one Black Caviar Light­ning.

It has been a lean Mel­bourne Cup Car­ni­val for the Euroa-based sta­ble fea­tur­ing train­ers David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, still in search of a win­ner af­ter three sec­onds and three thirds.

Dabernig said Red­kirk War­rior had shown it did not travel well, but would find an ex­tra gear head­ing back to the track he loves so much — Flem­ing­ton.

‘‘He was dis­ap­point­ing on his over­seas trip to the UK, he’s a horse that doesn’t travel par­tic­u­larly well,’’ he said.

‘‘He’s got fan­tas­tic first-up form, he’s got ex­cel­lent Flem­ing­ton form and also loves the Flem­ing­ton straight.

‘‘Al­though this is an ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive race, I think if he’s back to his best form he’ll be hard to beat.’’

Red­kirk War­rior is an $11 chance for the race and it would be the fourth group one of his ca­reer af­ter two wins in the New­mar­ket Hand­i­cap and one in the Black Caviar.

Ear­lier in the day, six-year-old stayer Jaameh will run its con­so­la­tion race af­ter miss­ing a start in the Mel­bourne Cup in the group three Queen El­iz­a­beth.

The Ir­ish-bred geld­ing ran third in Sat­ur­day’s Lexus Stakes, fin­ish­ing two lengths back from win­ner A Prince Of Ar­ran, which ran third in the Mel­bourne Cup.

‘‘His form is ex­cel­lent, I thought he ran re­ally well on Derby day,’’ Dabernig said.

‘‘I think he’s got an ex­cel­lent win­ning chance here, he’s got good Flem­ing­ton form.’’

Other Lind­say Park hopes in­clude Long Leaf and En­bi­haar in race three, So Si Bon in the group three Chatham Stakes and Mickey Blue Eyes in the group one MacK­in­non Stakes. ● Alex Mitchell’s Stakes day best: Race five, num­ber three — Lord Fan­dango (each way).

Pic­ture: AAP

War­rior spirit: Lind­say Park sprinter Red­kirk War­rior will be out to win its fourth group one race in to­day’s VRC Sprint Clas­sic.

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