Redkirk Warrior Wins Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington

If Redkirk Warrior could talk, the seven-year-old British gelding might say that Flemington has been good to him.

The Hayes boys plus Tom Dabernig trained galloper won Saturday’s Group 1 Lighting Stakes at Flemington by a short head over favourite Redzel and Missrock. Redkirk Warrior jumped at $10, so any punters who backed him received a nice payout.

In his prior jump at Flemington, he did not do so well, finishing 11th out of 13 in the Group 1 Darley Classic, beaten by Redzel and Terravista, along with nine others, but that case was the exception to the rule.

The Everest at Randwick was not kind, either, with a 10th place finish from the field of 12, Redzel again triumphing.

Going back from there, the number 1, as in first, appears alongside the name of Redkirk Warrior in several Flemington starts.

He won the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis in September of 2017 and the Newmarket Handicap back in March of 2017, where his starting price was $31, where he beat Voodoo Lad and Star Turn by a comfortable margin, along with equally priced horse Counterattack prepared by Chris Waller, by almost 9 lengths.

Redkirk Warrior has amassed over $2 million in winnings since his first race in June of 2014, so he has one of the better returns of horses bred in Great Britain and run in Australia, although he has raced in Western Australia and Hong Kong.

It would seem, however, that the big racing news from Saturday was not which horse won the major race of the weekend, but the exploits of one Winx, who won a barrier trial at Randwick for the second trial win of her illustrious career. She won that quite easily over her stablemates, and it makes us wonder if Waller regrets holding her out of the Group 2 Apollo Stakes while Hugh Bowman waits out his suspension.

The Rules of Racing do not prohibit a suspended rider from riding in trials, so Bowman was steering Winx to an easy trial win over stablemates Who Shot Thebarman, Libran, Unforgotten, McCreery and Mackintosh.

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