Redwood Gelding wins Inaugural Jericho Cup3 Dec 2018
Redwood gelding High Mode pulled off a perfectly timed plan by the Anthony Freedman stable when he cleared out for an easy victory in the A$300,000 Jericho Cup over 4600m at Warrnambool.
High Mode was given a lovely ride by Clayton Douglas and the horse moved into the race stylishly from the 700m to break away from his rivals as they turned in and the race was never in doubt from that point onwards. High Mode had always shown good staying potential, running third in the VRC St Leger as a 3YO, and has now won three races and more than A$200,000 in stakes.
The Freedman stable targeted the Jericho Cup as a likely goal for High Mode back in June and ventured North to Murrumbidgee to contest the Riverina Cup in August over 3800m which was a qualifying race for the Jericho Cup later in the year. High Mode scored a convincing win over the marathon journey and was given a short break with a view to having the horse at his peak for the Jericho Cup at his fourth start back, and as history will show, it was a perfectly executed plan.
High Mode was bred by Mr Martin Dalgleish and was born and raised at The Oaks Stud. As a young horse High Mode was sent to Te Awamutu horseman Clayton Chipperfield who broke him in and prepared him for the 2015 NZ Bloodstock Ready to Run breeze ups, where he was offered under the Westbury Stud banner. Purchased by Freedman Racing for $105,000 High Mode was presented at the track for the first time in November 2016 as a three-year-old, stepping out two weeks later the good looking gelding scored over 1950m at Yarra Valley and went on to finish third in the VRC St Leger and fifth in the Listed Galilee Series Final at Caulfield.
High Mode is out of the unraced Silver Hawk mare Lalla who has had five foals to the races for five winners including the handy mare Poetic Licence. By Roberto, Silver Hawk won three of his eight starts and finished third to Golden Fleece in the 1982 Epsom Derby and second to Assert in the 1982 Irish Derby. Lalla is out of the stakes placed Batshoof mare Mystify who is a half-sister to dual Group 1 winner Squeak and is directly descended from the family of Alzao, Lady Rebecca, Tom Rolfe, Noble Saint and company.