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Red SierraRed Sierra Climbing the Grades Nicely

As the saying goes - it’s not the size of the dog in the bite, but the size of the bite in the dog, that is important - and Redwood’s diminutive daughter Red Sierra certainly isn’t letting her size get in her way as she accepts every challenge her trainers David & Emma Haworth put in front of her as she makes a rapid climb through the grades.

Red Sierra resumed at Wanganui on 2 June after a six month break from racing and scored a breath-taking victory as she looped the field from last and went on for a decisive three length win. Stepping to open company at her next start while still a Rating 70 horse, Red Sierra again ran home strongly from well back in the field to finish third to Shellez Ace (Swiss Ace) at Hawera.

Saturday saw Red Sierra head to Hawkes Bay for her third start this season in the Rating 75 Animal Health Direct handicap over 1400m and she was again very impressive in the manner in which she came from well back in the running to clear out from her rivals, winning by 2.25 lengths from Big Ben and a further 0.75 lengths back to Petite En Jeu in third. Red Sierra has been handled by stable apprentice Charlotte O’Beirne in her three outings this time in, and the pair seem to have struck up a real affinity as they continue on their winning way.

A $10,000 yearling purchase from Westbury Stud by her trainers, Red Sierra was bred by Gerry Harvey and Craig Dawson’s Whangateau Thoroughbreds Ltd and is out of the Encosta de Lago mare Sierra Gold, a daughter of the stakes winning sprinter Langness (Danehill) and a direct descendent of Australia’s Champion Sprinter Isca (Rory’s Jester). Sierra Gold produced a yearling colt by El Roca at Karaka in January who was knocked down to the bid of Busuttin Racing for $65,000, and is due to foal to Swiss Ace in August.

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