JWR SECURES EXCITING KIWI 2YO

Nov 27, 2015

I was lucky enough to be working with Lee Freedman in 2004 when a striking bay filly walked into the stables for the first time. By young New Zealand stallion Stravinsky out of a mare called Rose of Tralee, she was subsequently named SERENADE ROSE. She would go onto to win the VRC Oaks and $1.7 million in prizemoney in a glittering career.

At the NZ Ready to Run Sales last week, I went to NZ$95,000 to secure a striking black filly by exciting young New Zealand stallion REDWOOD. She reminded me of Serenade Rose. She had that touch of class and a real presence about her that the good fillies seem to possess. I wasn't going home without her.

A TOP CLASS STAYER NEEDS A TURN OF FOOT...

Gone are the days of dour stayers winning our classic staying tests. The modern day stayer needs speed and acceleration. This filly ran 10.79 seconds for her 200m breeze up which is seriously good for a filly that is bred to win an Oaks. The quickest filly in the sale ran 10.41 seconds so our girl was extremely good considering she is a late November foal and has plenty of improvement to come.

HER BEST IS YET TO COME...

The best Ready to Run (RTR) horses are those with obvious talent but room for improvement. I thought this filly had another few lengths improvement in her. She was looking around, changing legs and laying in a touch but she pinned her ears back and really stretched out late which I liked. Once she puts it all together, she will be the real deal.

SHE TICKS ALL THE BOXES...

Physically, she is a well built filly. She has great power behind the saddle with a similar physique to Serenade Rose. She is clean through the legs and comes with clean x-rays and scope.

VALUE FOR MONEY...

She was the highest priced (and standout) Redwood filly in the sale and I had to go to NZ$95K to secure her but I thought that was excellent value. A big plus with these RTR horses is that all the hard work has been done. She has been broken in and been in and out of work for the last 5 months which is a big cost saving for her new owners.

REDWOOD - THE NEXT BIG THING..

For those which don't know much about Redwood, he was a Group 1 winner of $2.3 million and did his racing in England, Northern America, Hong Kong and Dubai where he ran second in the G1 Sheema Classic (2400m). He is a great cut of a horse and this filly certainly takes after her father. Redwood was a son of High Chaparral. As you know, High Chaparral was a sire sensation in New Zealand (producing So You Think etc) so there is plenty of excitement and hype around the Redwood stock. This filly is the oldest progeny of Redwood and we will see his first runners stepping out in the coming months.

SHARES

10% shares will be $9,800 + GST per share which includes purchase price, flight to Australia, scope, x-rays and sale costs. A PDS is currently pending and will be available shortly.

ARRIVAL IN AUSTRALIA

She arrived in Australia on Thursday and took no time settling into her new surrounds. The plan is to give her a few weeks in the paddock before bringing her into work. Physically, she is a mature filly and quite developed for her age so I am expecting her to run in her 2yo year.

BREZE UP VIDEO

REDWOOD VIDEO

For more information on Redwood, click here http://www.westburystud.com/stallions/redwood/inde...

To watch the video - click on the image below.