Redkirk ready to defend his turf
DAVID Hayes is hoping to complete a frustrating spring carnival with a bang on the final day headed by an assault on the VRC Sprint (1200m) with Redkirk Warrior.
The Lindsay Park stable has been close to success with three seconds, two thirds and several fourths in Cup Week but hasn’t enjoyed a win.
Hayes is confident Redkirk Warrior can win his fourth Group 1 down the Flemington straight.
“Redzel is going to be hard to beat but I think back at Flemington we can give him a big fright,” he said.
Hayes was concerned with Redkirk Warrior’s first jumpout at Flemington, but thought he was back to his best when he led throughout to win an 800m one there eight days ago.
Redkirk Warrior has won four of his five starts at Flemington, including the past two Newmarket Handicaps and this year’s Lightning Stakes.
His only failure at Flemington was in last year’s VRC Sprint, but Hayes said he’d probably had had enough after failing in The Everest.
Redkirk Warrior flopped in two runs in England but Hayes said he simply didn’t travel.
“All the signs were there that he’d travelled well but he didn’t perform, similar to when we’ve taken him to Sydney. When he’s not at Lindsay Park he doesn’t perform.”
Redkirk Warrior is $13 with TAB fixed odds.
Hayes is also having a pot shot with $34 chance in threeyear-old colt Mickey Blue Eyes in the $2 million Mackinnon Stakes (2000m).
“He should have finished second or third in the Derby (but) he didn’t get a crack at them,” Hayes said.
“He didn’t really have a run last week and there’s good prizemoney on offer.
“He’ll beat more home than will beat him and where that gets him who knows?
“It’s not a weight-for-age race with a lot of depth.”
Regan Bayliss will partner Redkirk Warrior in today’s VRC Sprint at Flemington.