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RedwoodUnfinished Business for Rising Red in Sydney

The Redwood gelding Rising Red will return to Sydney this weekend to run in the A$150,000 JRA Plate with an aim of completing some unfinished business from twelve months ago.

Trained by Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Rising Red flew into New Zealand for one start in March 2017, the Vodafone NZ Derby over 2400m. The 3YO drew 17 of the 18 starters and had the misfortune to “work” for the first 1400m of the race and then leading until the last 150m before fighting on to finish second to Gingernuts who went on to win the Rosehill Guineas, and ahead of subsequent ATC Derby winner Jon Snow, Sacred Elixir, Charles Road, Camino Rocoso, Excalibur, Mongolian Legend, Highlad, Wyndspelle, and Savile Row.

Rising Red was flown to Sydney to take on the Rosehill Guineas and ATC Derby but the hopes of his connections were dashed when he sustained a tendon injury and sent for a lengthy spell. Rising Red has had two runs back from his long layoff, both having plenty of merit at distances well short of his preferred trip.

Rising Red meets the likes of Arbeitsam, Radipole, Vengeur Masque, Interlocuter, Singing, Tally, and company with inform apprentice Andrew Adkins taking the mount at an attractive 53kg.

Redwood will also be represented in the Group 2 Manco Easter Handicap at Pukekohe when his consistent son Romancer takes his place in the time-honoured event. Romancer has been running well against strong fields of late with a second placing to Julius in the Group 3 Concorde Handicap, a fifth (again to Julius) in the Darley Stallions Plate, and third to Sultan of Swing at Te Aroha two weeks ago.

Romancer is an unknown quantity on the predicted heavy surface but the fact he has just 52kg will see him competitive if he can get through the track. A stakes winner at 1500m as a 3YO, the distance of Saturday’s race should not be an issue, but he does meet some hardened campaigners like Seventh Up, Megablast, Mime, Ronchi, Brilliant Shine, Go Nicholas, while Sultan of Swing, Magnum, Our King Sway, and Platinum Command have all been in solid form of late. 

Pictured: Redwood - courtesy of Lesley Warwick.

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