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Warrior Ready to Defy History Again
Trainer David Hayes is bullish about the prospects of Redkirk Warrior in tomorrow's $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick, describing him as "a horse that breaks the rules". The UK-bred Redkirk Warrior (Notnowcato-Flag, by Selkirk) did exactly that at his most recent outing when he became the first horse in history to win the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) first-up from a spell. Hayes says he is unfazed about the prospect of the 6YO stepping up from six to eight furlongs, citing his win in the Gr3 Racing Club Stakes over 1500 metres at Sandown in the spring. "When he won the Sandown Stakes last spring we knew we had a serious horse. He beat Stratum Star that day and he has just kept winning since, including a Group One," Hayes told the Sydney Morning Herald. "That was second-up in Australia and it gives you confidence that the mile is not going to be a problem for him on Saturday." Hayes added: "People didn't think he could win a Newmarket, I did. I really think he will be competitive in the best weight-for-age races in the spring, so with 53kg in a Doncaster, he is going to be hard to beat."