Warrior spirit with Quality finish primes Redkirk for Everest
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.
BOBBIE DAZZLER: Regan Bayliss rides Redkirk Warrior to victory at Flemington yesterday.