Red­kirk dou­bles up for Hayes

Sunday Herald Sun - - Racing - MICHAEL MAN­LEY

RED­KIRK War­rior en­sured David Hayes would have two run­ners in next month’s The Ever­est after his de­mo­li­tion job on his op­po­si­tion to win the Bob­bie Lewis Qual­ity (1200m).

Hayes said The Star casino would select one of his sprint­ers in the next day, with re­cent Mem­sie Stakes win­ner Vega Magic as the other op­tion.

“Star has a choice and I’ll let them choose. I’ve got two nice ones for them to pick from,” Hayes said. “I’ve been rec­om­mend­ing him to them, but Vega con­fused the is­sue.”

Hayes has been in dis­cus­sions with other slot hold­ers.

“I’ve been see­ing his raw abil­ity for 12 months and if he gets the right con­di­tions in Sydney it will take a good one to beat him,” Hayes said.

Hayes said he found it hard to split Red­kirk War­rior and Vega Magic.

“It’ll come down to luck in run­ning in The Ever­est and who han­dles Sydney best,” he said. “This horse has ex­pe­ri­ence that way of rac­ing from Hong Kong, so he’d be in front. When it rains it pours. They’re the two best sprint­ers I’ve had for a long time and they’d be good in any era.”

Hayes said Red­kirk War­rior’s track­work in­di­cated he was a bet­ter horse than when he won the New­mar­ket Hand­i­cap and the style of his win backed this.

“I reckon that was an im- proved ver­sion of the New­mar­ket when you fac­tor in the weight he car­ried,” he said.

Red­kirk War­rior sprinted clear of his op­po­si­tion with 300m to go and won by 2½ lengths over West Aus­tralian star Scales Of Jus­tice. Land Of Plenty was third.

“That was like his track­work. He’s up there with the best Flem­ing­ton-straight horses I’ve trained,” he said.

Hayes said next year he in­tended to run Red­kirk War­rior over longer trips at weight-for­age level and he could be aimed at the Cox Plate.

“Once sprint­ing’s out of the way I’ll turn him into a mid­dledis­tance horse and you’ll see some­thing spe­cial then.”

His jockey Re­gan Bayliss said Red­kirk War­rior was a class act and would be a force to be reck­oned with in the $10 mil­lion The Ever­est on Oc­to­ber 14 at Randwick.

The other talk­ing point was the per­for­mance of se­cond placeget­ter Scales Of Jus­tice, who veered out and in within the last 300m.

Jockey Brad Raw­iller said Scales Of Jus­tice saw the gap where the horses come out on to the track and then got lost.

His trainer Lind­sey Smith said he wouldn’t have beaten Red­kirk War­rior.

Scales Of Jus­tice will have his next start in the Sir Ru­pert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Septem­ber 30.

Pic­ture: VINCE CALIGIURI, GETTY IM­AGES

Re­gan Bayliss pi­lots Red­kirk War­rior to vic­tory in the Bob­bie Lewis Stakes at Flem­ing­ton yes­ter­day.

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