Redkirk Warrior sprints for glory

By Alex Mitchell

Star Lindsay Park gelding Redkirk Warrior will look to recapture his best form and show he remains one of the world’s best sprinters in today’s $1 million VRC Sprint Classic.

The eight-year-old is back from a four-month spell in the time-honoured group one — twice won by all-time sprinter Black Caviar — running in Australia for the first time since a forgettable trip to England.

He ran 10th in the group one Diamond Jubilee and July Cup, but boasts excellent first-up form including a win in February’s group one Black Caviar Lightning.

It has been a lean Melbourne Cup Carnival for the Euroa-based stable featuring trainers David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, still in search of a winner after three seconds and three thirds.

Dabernig said Redkirk Warrior had shown it did not travel well, but would find an extra gear heading back to the track he loves so much — Flemington.

‘‘He was disappointing on his overseas trip to the UK, he’s a horse that doesn’t travel particularly well,’’ he said.

‘‘He’s got fantastic first-up form, he’s got excellent Flemington form and also loves the Flemington straight.

‘‘Although this is an extremely competitive race, I think if he’s back to his best form he’ll be hard to beat.’’

Redkirk Warrior is an $11 chance for the race and it would be the fourth group one of his career after two wins in the Newmarket Handicap and one in the Black Caviar.

Earlier in the day, six-year-old stayer Jaameh will run its consolation race after missing a start in the Melbourne Cup in the group three Queen Elizabeth.

The Irish-bred gelding ran third in Saturday’s Lexus Stakes, finishing two lengths back from winner A Prince Of Arran, which ran third in the Melbourne Cup.

‘‘His form is excellent, I thought he ran really well on Derby day,’’ Dabernig said.

‘‘I think he’s got an excellent winning chance here, he’s got good Flemington form.’’

Other Lindsay Park hopes include Long Leaf and Enbihaar in race three, So Si Bon in the group three Chatham Stakes and Mickey Blue Eyes in the group one MacKinnon Stakes.

Alex Mitchell’s Stakes day best: Race five, number three — Lord Fandango (each way).