Multiple Group 1 winning sprinter Redkirk Warrior has arrived and settled into his home away from home in England ahead of his Royal Ascot bid.
The Lindsay Park trained galloper arrived to the UK late last week and is staying at Jane Chapple-Hyam’s stables at Newmarket.
— Lindsay Park Racing (@lindsayparkrace) June 7, 2018
The travel and facilities are not unfamiliar to the seven-year-old gelding.
He is originally from England and was trained out of Newmarket as a youngster before being imported to Australia.
The team that traveled over with him believe he has settled in well and shared a photo of him enjoying a roll in his new stable.
— Adrian Beaumont (@AdrianBeaumont) June 7, 2018
The race Redkirk Warrior will target over the Ascot carnival is yet to be decided as the Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig team are waiting to see what the weather conditions will be.
He will run in either the King Stand Stakes over 1000 metres or the Diamond Jubilee Stakes over 1200 metres, both distances of which he is a Group 1 winner in Australia.
The last Australian-trained sprinter to win at Royal Ascot was Black Caviar in the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 where she so famously almost got run down in the final stages of the race.
The former Australian-trained galloper Merchant Navy will also be contesting the Diamond Jubilee Stakes after he was transferred to Aiden O’Brien’s stables in Ireland in order to become a dual-hemisphere Group 1 winner.
The Australian bred son of leading sire Fastnet Rock was bought by Coolmore Stud after his breathtaking win in the Coolmore Stud Stakes last year, and a Group 1 win in England would further increase his value as a stallion.
Originally trained at Caulfield by Ciaron Maher, Merchant Navy already has a Group 2 win in the Northern Hemisphere under his belt.
Two weeks ago he took out the Group 2 Greenland Stakes at Curragh in Ireland without being at his peak fitness.
The Diamond Jubilee is likely to be his last race start before he heads back to Australia to stand at Coolmore Stud for the upcoming breeding season.
Merchant Navy finished third behind Redkirk Warrior in this year’s Newmarket Handicap at Flemington.