Redkirk Warrior will head to The Everest after he returned to the races with a dominant win in the 2017 Bobbie Lewis Quality at Flemington this afternoon.
The Lindsay Park team were very confident about the chances of Redkirk Warrior heading into the Bobbie Lewis Quality and their bullishness was clearly well-placed.
Redkirk Warrior sat right on the speed in the early stages of the Bobbie Lewis Quality and he quickly put a gap on his rivals when he was asked for an extra effort by jockey Regan Bayliss.
Bayliss rode Redkirk Warrior when he won the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) first-up in the Autumn and he believes that the talented sprinter has gone to another level for his 2017 Spring Racing Carnival campaign.
“I had a lap of horse underneath me today,” Bayliss said.
“I know that he is a little bit older, but he is just starting to mature.
“He was really relaxed today and he got into a lovely rhythm.
“It was all about letting him down at the right time and he did the rest.
“He is a star in his own right.
“Going into this preparation he was going better than Vega Magic and we know what he has come out and done in his last two starts.
“He is going to be a force to be reckoned with this prep.”
Co-trainer David Hayes was very confident that Redkirk Warrior would make a winning return to the races in the Bobbie Lewis Quality and he believes that the Group 1 winner will prove very tough to beat in The Everest in Sydney.
“The stable thought that he was going better than he was before the Newmarket and I reckon that was an improved version of The Newmarket when you factor in the weight he carried,” Hayes said.
“I’ve been seeing his raw ability now for 12 months and if he gets the right conditions in Sydney it will take a very good one to beat him.
“Redkirk Warrior and Vega Magic are the two best sprinters I’ve had in a long time and they would be good in any era.”
Scales Of Justice raced very erratically in the straight in his Melbourne racing debut, but he was still able to finish the race in second and will press on to the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.