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