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Racing Round Up - Redkirk Warrior does it again as Kementari blitzes them at Randwick

Adam Cusworth in Latest News 10 Mar 2018
  • Round up of all the big race action from Flemington and Randwick
It was tough to know just which horse took out the Newmarket with little separating Redkirk Warrior (outside) and Brave Smash (inside).

It was Super Saturday at Flemington on Saturday March 10 for the running of the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and the Australian Cup (2000m), while at Randwick, Group 1 racing included the Randwick Guineas (1600m) and the Canterbury Stakes (1300m). 

Here is our round up of all the action from the two venues. 

Redkirk Warrior does it again

After becoming the first horse in over 100 years to win the Newmarket Handicap first up last year, Redkirk Warrior once again created a slice of history by being the first to win the time-honoured sprint in two successive years since Razor Sharp achieved the feat in 1982/83. 

It was a thrilling finish to the $1.25 million affair with the last start Futurity Stakes (1400m) winner, Brave Smash, leading the charge on the rail side, while Redkirk Warrior rattled down the grandstand side. 

With just 0.1 lengths separating the first two, it wasn't until the numbers were posted in the frame that punters knew just which galloper had won the race, despite what was a brilliant call from racecaller Matthew Hill. Merchant Navy ran out of his skin to finish 3rd, while Rock Magic was 4th. 

Harlem produces a massive upset in the Australian Cup

After claiming the Newmarket with Redkirk Warrior, the Hayes/Dabernig team picked up their second Group 1 for the day as Harlem saluted in the Australian Cup (2000m). The $61 chance scored by half a length from the race favourite, Gailo Chop. 

On what was dubbed as a dodgy track by many punters on social media, the winning horse benefitted by sitting closer to the rail throughout the run. Many punters felt that any horses that tried to come three-wide or further out in the straight were unable to make ground throughout the day. 

Kementari oozes class at Randwick

Kementari stamped his credentials as one of the best three-year-olds in Australia by producing another brilliant display, this time in the Randwick Guineas (1600m). Lining up as a $2.35 favourite after his comfortable Hobartville Stakes (1400m) win, the Godolphin galloper sizzled past his rivals in the straight to score by over a length from Pierata and Trapeze Artist. 

Earlier, Happy Clapper picked up the first of the Group 1 races for the day at the Sydney venue by taking out the Canterbury Stakes (1300m) ahead of Global Glamour and Invincible Gem. The champion sprinter, Redzel, was another impressive winner at Randwick, barely getting out of second gear to claim the Challenge Stakes (1000m). 

The day was marred by a nasty fall to Winx' jockey, Hugh Bowman, who departed ways with the wayward Performer in the closing stages of the Todman Stakes (1200m). Bowman suffered a mild concussion but is expected to be ok to take his ride on Winx in her next assignment, which will be in the George Ryder Stakes (1500m) on March 24. 

Aylmerton went on to win the Todman and will now head to the Golden Slipper. The Team Hawkes-trained Estijaab took out the Reisling Stakes (1200m) for the fillies and holds her spot at the second line of betting at $6.50 with sportsbet for the world’s richest race for the juveniles. 

Looking Ahead

The fillies and mares line up in what shapes as an epic Coolmore Classic (1500m) on Saturday March 17 at Rosehill, while the tailend of the Melbourne autumn carnival sees the milers line up in the Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.



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