Redwood Shaping Into Good Sire18 Jun 2018
High Chaparral’s son Redwood is developing into a very good sire as his first crop come to the end of their four-year-old year and the past few weeks have seen his progeny put together an impressive winning streak across Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand.
Redwood’s first crop include Group 3 winner Rising Red who went so close to winning the NZ Derby as a 3YO and it has been great to see the horse bounce back to Group form after a long layoff when scoring a convincing win in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup at Doomben recently, before having to be scratched from the Brisbane Cup after developing heat in a joint. Another stakes winner from Redwood’s first crop is the talented Romancer who is part-owned by Terry Henderson’s OTI Racing and was the winner of the Mufhasa Stakes at Ellerslie as a three-year-old, while his most recent starts have seen him placed in the Group 3 Concorde Handicap at Ellerslie and also the Group 2 Easter Handicap held at Pukekohe.
Trained by Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs, Romancer spelled for a month after Pukekohe and has now crossed the Tasman to join the stable of Darren Weir who also trains another promising son of Redwood in Night’s Watch. Formerly trained by Peter & Dawn Williams in New Zealand, Night’s Watch had his first start for Weir in August 2017 and has had a total of 9 starts for the Ballarat trainer, winning five, and finishing out of the first four on just one occasion. Night’s Watch was given a good spell during the autumn and has been back in work for some six weeks as he prepares for a spring campaign.
The Henry Dwyer trained Swampland was another good performer for Redwood in the winter and spring of 2017 as she won three races in succession and followed up with an unlucky defeat in the VRC Let’s Elope Stakes Gr.2 when beaten by Sword of Light, and followed that with another Group placing at Flemington in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes.
In New Zealand the plucky little mare Rosewood has established a very good form and extended this further on the weekend when she took out the open race at Awapuni. Owned and trained by Marilyn Paewai, Rosewood has won on six occasions and has a Group placing to her credit after finishing third in the Marton Metric Mile. Rosewood will now head towards the Listed Opunake Cup in July.
Another Redwood mare who looks destined to rise to black type company next season is Livin’ On a Prayer who has won four races including the $80,000 Dunstan Feeds Final at Ellerslie and finished a very good fifth (behind Thee Auld Floozie, Lizzie l’Amour, Coldplay, and Montoya Star) in the Group 2 Westbury Classic.
Melbourne trainer Colin Little unleashed a very promising stayer in March when the Redwood gelding Big Sur demolished a handy staying field over 2000m at Flemington and signalled himself as a horse to watch as he steps out even further in distance.
In recent weeks the progeny of Redwood have been on a roll with Rising Red, Rosewood, Suliman, Red Sierra, General Sherman, and Soonbaby all saluting over the past three weeks.
Redwood has covered his best book of mares in 2017 with the likes of Royal Descent, Lotteria, Bak Da Chief, Sister, Surprize Surprize, and the dams of Rising Red, Romancer, Hold it Harvey, Night’s Watch, Swampland, Marcado, Easy Ryder, and Sin To Win among his book last year.