Star sprinter Redkirk Warrior was super impressive in his final hit-out ahead of next month’s assault on Royal Ascot.
As you would expect, from a three-time Group 1 winner, Redkirk Warrior bolted in his 800m barrier trial by eight lengths, at Werribee this morning.
Redkirk Warrior was given a few slaps down the shoulder to get his mind on the job, but jockey Regan Bayliss had a lapful of horse at the end. Bayliss, who rode Redkirk Warrior to wins in two Newmarket Handicaps and a Lightning, will be replaced by champion international jockey Frankie Dettori for the European campaign.
Redkirk Warrior leaves on Wednesday week, with his mission either the June 19 King’s Stand (1000m) or the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m), the race Black Caviar won in 2012, run on the final day of the Royal Ascot carnival four days later.
Co-trainers David Hayes and Tom Dabernig are yet to lock in a race and will monitor weather before deciding which race the Lindsay Park team attack with Redkirk Warrior.
“If it’s wet he won’t run and if it’s dry, he will,” Hayes said.
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“He beat an ordinary lot very well,” Hayes said of the trial. “Regan said he felt as good as he’s ever felt and when he gave him a click at the top of the straight, he left them behind.”
Redkirk Warrior worked in blinkers and Hayes confirmed the seven-year-old would wear the gear at Royal Ascot.
“He’s had two starts in blinkers for a Lightning and Newmarket win and I just wanted to use them mainly for the gate practice as he missed the start in the Lightning.’’
If Redkirk Warrior performs strongly Hayes has not ruled out tackling Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket on July 4.
Redkirk Warrior finished a disappointing eleventh in The Everest last year and is currently $15 for the World’s richest grass sprint race at Randwick on October 13.