Redcayenne all the way

Redcayenne (Michael McNab) holding out a determined bid from Zac Brown (outside) to record a courageous win at Trentham on Saturday.

Cambridge galloper Redcayenne silenced many of his critics with a courageous all-the-way win at Trentham on Saturday.

The five-year-old son of Bullbars was a clear leader for much of the way in the 2200m Lincoln Farms Premier and after being challenged in front on the home turn and looking beaten a few times he kicked back strongly to retain the lead and win by a head from Zac Brown.

‘He’s a genuine stayer. He’s not that keen of chasing sometimes, but if he gets his own way in front he’s very hard to run down,” trainer Tony Pike said.

‘’Michael (rider Michael McNab) set up a good solid tempo.”

Redcayenne was having his 22nd start and those outings have netted two wins, eight seconds, two thirds and four fourths.

He was backed and beaten several times before he finally quit maiden ranks in his 16th start, in a maiden 2200m at Te Aroha last October. That day he also led for much of the way and after being clear at the 300m he drew even further in front to win by four and a quarter lengths.

He followed up with a second over 2400m at Ellerslie when chasing home Prince Jabeel, who four starts later won the Gr.3 City Of Auckland Cup (2400m) before finishing third to Gorbachev in Saturday’s Gr.3 Wellington Cup (3200m).

Redcayenne then followed up with a fourth and a third at Ellerslie, a sixth at Te Rapa and a ninth to Starrybeel in the Dunstan Feeds Stayers Championship Final (2200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day when beaten three and a half lengths.

“This was probably a drop in class from the Dunstan Final so this was a race he was going to be hard to beat in,” Pike said after Saturday’s event.

Redcayenne’s win was a stable change of luck after Sco Mo Eagle had finished fourth to Swiss Maestro in the previous event when held up in the run home.

“Sco Mo Eagle had no luck at all, but he finished the race off really well. He’ll keep,” Pike said.

Redcayenne’s win was also part of a huge day for McNab, who won on Swiss Maestro and went on to record Gr.1 success on Enzo’s Lad in a heart-stopping finish to the J.R. & N. Berkett Telegraph (1200m) which was won by the slenderest of margins from Ferrando.