Soaring Redwood showing good growth in Hong Kong
The Westbury Stud stallion is enjoying a stellar season thanks to his sons Sharp ‘N’ Smart and Solidify, and Tuchel’s efforts are uplifting his hitherto low-key status in Hong Kong.
Small margins can make a big difference in horse racing. A mere short-head the other way at Sha Tin in March and Tuchel would be standing in his box at John Size’s stable as the Hong Kong Derby winner; and if that had been the case, he likely would not have been the winner of a 1600m Class 2 handicap at the same venue last Sunday.
That win was a fairly small margin too: a neck. But jockey Zac Purton is one of the best in the business at judging things precisely, and he steered the four-year-old through a closing run to nab the long-time leader Flaming Rabbit close-home. The performance bodes well for Tuchel’s future as he lugged 134lb – conceding 12lb to the second, a European G3 winner – and in doing so took his rating to triple figures.
It also enhanced what is turning out to be a great season for his sire, Redwood, one of six stallions standing at Gerry Harvey’s Westbury Stud in New Zealand. The 17-year-old is also responsible this season for G1 Spring Champion Stakes and G1 New Zealand Derby hero Sharp ‘N’ Smart, G2 Auckland Cup winner Platinum Invador and the Listed-winning juvenile Solidify, who is set to contest the G2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Eagle Farm this weekend en route to the G1 J J Atkins.