Elm Park and Flaming Spear excite Redvers…
Fresh from Group 1 domestic success for Elm Park at Doncaster on Saturday the Qatar Racing bloodstock manager David Redvers is excited for next year. Speaking on The Weekend That Was on RacingFM yesterday Redvers told Donn McClean that he was delighted with the Andrew Balding trained two year old.
“It was the highlight, of what has turned out to be a stunning season for us, and it’s not over yet. You never expect to win a Group 1, you hope beyond all hope that you’ll win one.”
“Lucky for us our fella was just to good for the lot of them. Andrea rode him with confidence, as if it was never in doubt.”
“There was that sort of moment where you hope Andrea remembers it’s over a mile on testing ground – but Andrea is a brilliant judge of pace – and it became obvious he was doing it incredibly easily and that everybody else was struggling. It was one of the more enjoyable races as you were always pretty confident he was in the right place and doing the right thing.”
On ground preferences Redvers felt he was versitile – “that’s what the best horses have to be and we go into next season happy that the ground isn’t going to hold any fears for him”.
On next season Redvers explained Andrew Balding’s preferred plan was reasonably set for Elm Park.
“He’ll go straight into the Guineas, probably post a racecourse gallop somewhere. I never thought of him as a Guineas horse until now and he’s traveled so easily and did it so well on Saturday, now that’s the obvious route to go with the Guineas being the best Derby trial and we’d be pretty confident he will stay a mile and a half as well.”
Redvers imagines he will improve physically next year too. “He’s already run five times as a two year old and when you look at him physically that’s pretty hard to comprehend but he obviously takes it very well and when he fills his frame he is going to be a big imposing horse.”
Discussing some of Qatar Racing’s other charges Redvers has been very happy with Kevin Ryan trained July York maiden winner Flaming Spear. “I think he’s probably the best horse we have in training. He got a very slight injury after he won at York so impressively and he’s having a bit of a holiday at our pre training rest and recuperation center.”
“I saw him the other day and he looked absolutely magnificent and he’s going to be a hugely imposing and impressive horse. After the work I saw him do at Malton after he won at York there will be no question he’s a Guineas horse so we are very much looking forward to seeing him next year.”
Dean Ryan 28/10/14
Top Photo – Flaming Spear at York, Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
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