Royal Ascot 2018: Redkirk Warrior All Set For Diamond Jubilee Under Frankie Dettori


AUSSIE sprinter Redkirk Warrior will be ridden by Frankie Dettori in the Diamond Jubilee.

The seven-year-old has settled into Newmarket life after a long flight and connections are positive heading into the race.

PA:Press Association Redkirk Warrior on the Newmarket gallops

Unknown to many, Redkirk Warrior had previously been in training with William Haggas and has won at Ascot before.

Connections believe this experience will stand him in good stead when he tackles the likes of Harry Angel in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee.

After a short spell in Hong Kong, he then found himself in Australia where, like so many before him, he was reinvented as a sprinter.

He is trained in a partnership by father and son David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig.

Getty Images – Getty The sprinter racing in Australia

Ben Hayes said: “It was a long trip over, but he’s an older horse and he’s done a lot of travelling.

“I’ve been really happy with him since (he arrived) and he’s done everything right. He’s moving and sound so I’m really happy.

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“It’s an advantage that he’s been on the track. That was a long time ago, but we know he handles it.

“I definitely think he’s got the credentials to run well as winning a Newmarket Handicap and a Lightning Stakes (both in Australia) is pretty good form for Ascot.”

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