Night’s Watch Strongly Fancied at Caulfied31 Aug 2018
The Darren Weir trained Night’s Watch (Redwood) steps out for the second time in his current campaign when he contests the A$120,000 Jockey Celebration Day Handicap over 1400m against a strong line-up of spring contenders. Night’s Watch put up an eyecatching performance when resuming three weeks ago at Flemington, storming home to beat all but stablemate Theanswermyfriend who went on to frank the form with another strong win at Moonee Valley last week. Not only was Night’s Watch narrowly beaten at Flemington, but the time he ran for his final 1200m was quicker than that the Group 3 sprinters ran down the straight on the same day.
Night’s Watch may find the distance of Saturday’s race a touch short second up but the striking looking 5YO looks to be in for a good campaign this spring and all going well on Saturday the gelding will head to the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes next before a spring goal is determined. Night’s Watch races in the colours of OTI Racing who share in the ownership of the horse along with Gerry Harvey’s NZ Thoroughbred Holdings Ltd and group of OTI partners. Leading jockey Damian Lane will retain the mount on Night’s Watch.
Another talented Redwood resuming at Hawkes Bay tomorrow is the mare Livin’ On a Prayer who went through the grades quickly last season and looked all over a black type horse in the making after winning the Dunstan Feeds (1500m) Championship Final and finishing a close fifth in the Group 2 Westbury Classic behind the likes of Thee Auld Floozie, Lizzie L’Amour, Coldplay, and Montoya Star. Redwood has had a fantastic time of late with Rosewood winning impressively at New Plymouth last week, Jewel of Jumeriah and Wilbermere providing their sire with a winning double on Wednesday and a host of winners in recent months including Rising Red, Suliman, Red Sierra, High Mode, etc.