Redkirk Warrior feeling good ahead of Diamond Jubilee Stakes, says trainer David Hayes


Trainer David Hayes is confident Redkirk Warrior can compete in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Redkirk Warrior’s trainer David Hayes is in confident mood ahead of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the final day of Royal Ascot.

Hayes’ seven-year-old comes into the race on the back of consecutive victories at Flemington in his native Australia.

He returns to Ascot having last visited four years ago when winning over a mile and two furlongs for previous trainer William Haggas, but Hayes is certain his horse will compete over the shorter six-furlong trip in the Group One feature.

“I think he is pretty good,” Hayes said. “He ran the fastest last 600m at Flemington in the lightning. He has run three Group Ones recently, all up the straight.

“He is proven at Ascot so he can handle the experience, but he is an Aussie horse so we don’t have to worry about the undulations.

“I have got the in-form Frankie [Dettori] on. I have done all of my work, he has got to do his now.

“He will have Harry Angel pretty close to his sights and my horse is very strong late, so hopefully he can be putting some authority into the race with about 100m to run.

“Willie had him undefeated for his first two starts over 2,000m and he got home to me under duress with some feet problems, so we were just doing short, sharp work with him and he was pretty fast, so I thought we’d try him as a sprinter.”