After a failed Royal Ascot bid, Redkirk Warrior will remain in the UK to take on the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket and his usual jockey Regan Bayliss will fly over to re-unite with him.
The Lindsay Park team opted to put Royal Ascot maestro Frankie Detorri on the gelding for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, but he never looked like a threat inside the final 500m of the race and dropped out to finish 10th, 12.5 lengths behind the winner Merchant Navy.
Bayliss has partnered Redkirk Warrior seven times for four wins including three Group 1’s and a Group 2.
“What we can put it down to is overseas travel,” Dabernig told RSN 927’s Racing Pulse on Wednesday
“Arriving there, all the signs were he travelled well, he was eating, hydrated, we were happy with his work.
“We did his final piece of work a week out from the race, then we tapered in [to the race].
“You could see from the 500m mark, we were clearly in trouble, and he didn’t put his run up. Clearly the travel had an effect.
“After the race, we did all the normal testing of bloods, scoping, and it all came back normal and clear.
“We decided clearly there’s a bit of water to go under the bridge, he’ll continue on at Newmarket with the possibility of running in the July Cup on the 14th at Newmarket, which is 1200m down the straight.
“And we can confirm that Regan Bayliss has been booked for the ride.
“There was no knock on Frankie Dettori,” Dabernig added.
“He was probably a victim of the horse not performing on the day.
“Regan’s got an outstanding record on him, winning three Group 1s.
“Hopefully if the horse has had a bit longer to acclimatise and settle back in with a jockey that’s familiar with him, hopefully we can get him back to what we know he’s capable of, because clearly on his best performances down here, looking through the form of Merchant Navy, he would’ve been right around them.”
An extra run in the UK means Redkirk Warrior will have less time to prepare for the spring but the Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig team have a “vague plan” to set him for the Darley Classic which is run on the final day of the carnival.
“There’s been a bit of thought of possibly leaving him there [in the UK], and bringing him back through Werribee’s quarantine centre when the Cup horses come out,” Dabernig said.
“Then again, the horse will tell us the plan with him after the next run.”
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