Redwood filly shines at perfect time at Kyneton

Apr 06, 2018

Sometimes a horse’s breakthrough performance occurs at the perfect time and Haylin Rouge fell into that category at Kyneton.

The developing Haylin Rouge is a daughter of New Zealand-bred sire Redwood. Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra are keen on the Redwood stock and have an ownership opportunity available in another filly by the stallion.

Haylin Rouge has followed the usual pattern of New Zealand-bred horses of improving with time and racing. The three-year-old filly had shown promise in her previous but broke through in dominant fashion in the Dorothy Stroschein Maiden Plate (1850m).

Haylin Rouge had been ridden behind the speed in her other autumn runs but jockey Chris Symons took the initiative and sent her straight to the lead around the tight Kyneton track.

Haylin Rouge relished leading before racing away in the straight to score by almost four lengths, giving her patient connections the thrill of victory at her ninth start.

“I think they were all happy to sit off her and just watch Chris,” Racing Manager Sharnee Rose said.

“She did that really well and I’m stoked for the owners because they have been really patient and it panned out perfectly.

“She was really strong the line, which is good to see and we saw something different today with her leading.

“It might be a new dimension to the filly and it might be the way to ride her in the future.”

Haylin Rouge’s win earned connections a $12,100 winner’s cheque but the emerging galloper was only a $NZ25,000 yearling, meaning she has just about recovered her purchase price with plenty of scope to earn a lot more prizemoney as she matures.

Ellerton Zahra Racing’s 2018 Redwood filly was also a bargain buy. She has a terrific frame to grow into and the stable expects her to come into her own over 1600m or further.

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Below is a replay of Redwood in action on the track in the 2010 Grade 1 Northern Dancer Stakes at Woodbine in Canada.