Australia Stakes: Patience the Key for Redkirk Warrior

January 25, 2019

Australia Stakes: Patience the Key for Redkirk Warrior

Three-time Group 1 winner Redkirk Warrior gears up for a return to the track in tonight’s $200,000 Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m).

Last seen first-up in November’s VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) finishing a disappointing 10th, trainer Tom Dabernig thinks the eight-year-old veteran is building towards something pretty special this time around.

“I think that we took him to the UK which didn’t work for him, and then he came back from that trip and he wasn’t quite the same,” Daebernig told RSN’s Racing Pulse. 

“But he’s had a spell since then and he seems back to his old self.”

Redkirk Warrior

Redkirk Warrior, above, is on the second line of betting ahead of tonight’s Australia Stakes.

Redkirk Warrior is an $8.00 chance ahead of tonight’s race after finishing 10th in his last three starts. Redkirk’s last win came at Flemington in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) in March, but with a talented field locked in at Moonee Valley tonight, nothing will come easy.

“I think if we ride him a bit patiently, I think we’ll see him charge to the line. If he’s back to his best, he’s clearly the best form horse in the race” Daebernig said.

Redkirk Warrior has drawn barrier 8 for the race and will need a bit of luck down the straight if he is to beat home the likes of Brave Smash, Land of Plenty and $3.70 favourite, Whispering Brook.

Daebernig still expects jockey Regan Bayliss to remain patient and look to sit off the speed.

“He’s drawn a gate where we can be a little bit patient early, I think there’s always pretty good pressure in this, so provided we can get taken into it and come down the middle, I think he’ll be finishing strong.

“He (Bayliss) certainly knows how to get the best out of him, I’ve read that he’s got a stint going to Hong Kong so he mightn’t be able to stick with him, but at this point, he’s the best man for the job.”

A strong showing is vitally important for Redkirk Warrior if he is to impress the voters ahead of March’s All-Star Mile. He is also nominated to defend his title in the Newmarket Handicap a week prior.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Upset Winx Stakes 2019 Winner ...

2019 Show County Quality Resul...

2019 Show County Quality Results: Deprive in a Photo

Godolphin’s star sprinter Deprive survived a thrilling photo finish to retain...

Silver Shadow Winner Libertini...

Silver Shadow Winner Libertini The Everest Contender?

Trainer Anthony Cummings has spring options galore ahead of him for boom filly...

Golden Rose Odds Firm on Up &#...

Golden Rose Odds Firm on Up & Coming Winner True Detective

He was second past the post but first in the official Up And Coming Stakes...

2019 Winx Stakes Day: Randwick...

2019 Winx Stakes Day: Randwick Scratchings & Track Report

Group 1 racing gets underway for the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival today,...

Horse Racing Today

Upset Winx Stakes 2019 Winner ...

2019 Show County Quality Resul...

2019 Show County Quality Results: Deprive in a Photo

Godolphin’s star sprinter Deprive survived a thrilling photo finish to retain...

Silver Shadow Winner Libertini...

Silver Shadow Winner Libertini The Everest Contender?

Trainer Anthony Cummings has spring options galore ahead of him for boom filly...

Golden Rose Odds Firm on Up &#...

Golden Rose Odds Firm on Up & Coming Winner True Detective

He was second past the post but first in the official Up And Coming Stakes...

2019 Winx Stakes Day: Randwick...

2019 Winx Stakes Day: Randwick Scratchings & Track Report

Group 1 racing gets underway for the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival today,...

Race Results

Upset Winx Stakes 2019 Winner Samadoubt Beats Happy Clapper

2019 Show County Quality Results: Deprive in a Photo

Silver Shadow Winner Libertini The Everest Contender?

Golden Rose Odds Firm on Up & Coming Winner True Detective

Cox Plate Favourite Mystic Journey Wins P.B. Lawrence First-Up

Race Previews

Raceday Betting on the Winx Stakes 2019: Verry Elleegant Well Backed

2019 Winx Stakes Day: Randwick Scratchings & Track Report

Silver Shadow Stakes 2019 Betting: Libertini Odds-On

Winx Stakes 2019 Odds Update: Money for Happy Clapper

Steel Prince Toughens Up for Melbourne Cup 2019

Fields & Form

2019 Winx Stakes Day: Randwick Scratchings & Track Report

Silver Shadow Stakes 2019 Betting: Libertini Odds-On

Winx Stakes 2019 Odds Update: Money for Happy Clapper

2019 Winx Stakes Betting: Avilius Backed to Win First-Up

2019 PB Lawrence Stakes Field: Mystic Journey Draws Barrier Two