War­rior spirit with Qual­ity fin­ish primes Red­kirk for Ever­est

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - MICHAEL MANLEY

NOT that David Hayes had any doubts he would have two run­ners in next month’s The Ever­est, but Red­kirk War­rior en­sured he would af­ter his de­mo­li­tion job on his op­po­si­tion to win the Bob­bie Lewis Qual­ity over 1200m at Flem­ing­ton yes­ter­day.

The trainer said The Star casino would quickly se­lect one of his sprint­ers with re­cent Mem­sie Stakes win­ner Vega Magic the other op­tion.

“Star has a choice and I’ll let them choose,’’ Hayes said.

‘‘I’ve got two nice ones for them to pick from.

“I’ve been rec­om­mend­ing him to them but Vega con­fused the is­sue.”

Hayes said he had been in dis­cus­sions with other slot hold­ers and they could se­lect the other sprinter.

“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 the best.

‘‘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.

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

Red­kirk War­rior sprinted clear with 300m to go and won by two and a half lengths over West Aus­tralian star Scales Of Jus­tice with Land Of Plenty third three quar­ters of a length away.

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

Hayes said next year he in­tended to run Red­kirk War­rior over longer trips at weight-for­age level and he would be aimed at a race like the Cox Plate. “Once sprint­ing’s out of (the) way I’ll turn him into a mid­dle dis­tance horse and you’ll see some­thing spe­cial then.”

Jockey Re­gan Bayliss said Red­kirk War­rior would be a force to be reck­oned with in The Ever­est at Rand­wick next month.

Pic­ture: Getty Images

BOB­BIE DAZZLER: Re­gan Bayliss rides Red­kirk War­rior to vic­tory at Flem­ing­ton yes­ter­day.

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