Seven-time course winner Kiwi Bay set to return for another tilt at a Redcar prize

Monday 25 September 2017

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Punters have yet another eight-race card to look forward to at Redcar this week – as well as the attraction of one of the seaside track’s best-loved performers.

Kiwi Bay has won seven times at Redcar in a colourful career for Michael Dods and still retains plenty of enthusiasm at the age of 12.

Having notched up his magnificent seventh course and distance win in a claimer in July, the old stager is scheduled to go again in the seventh race on Redcar’s card on Wednesday.

Dods, who trains at Denton, near Darlington, is keeping his eye on the weather, saying this afternoon (Monday): “If it stays good to soft he’ll take his chance but he won’t run if it gets too soft. He prefers better ground and I’m not really expecting too much this time but he’s in good heart and he loves Redcar.”

Back in a handicap, it’s probably asking too much for Kiwi Bay to make it eight Redcar wins and preference is for Jedd O’Keefe’s Desert Ruler, a decent second to Kevin Ryan’s Mohab at Hamilton last time.

Dods has believes two-year-old Farhh Away is a nice horse in the making and he runs in the 3pm. He finished sixth on his debut at Newcastle earlier this month behind Mark Johnston’s Rastacap and Dods said: “He’s really one for the future – he’ll make up into a decent horse next year.”

Farhh Away comes up against a Charlie Appleby Newmarket raider in Al Hajar and he’s likely to take all the beating. The Dark Angel colt was odds-on favourite at Newmarket last time but was hampered before finishing fourth.

Ray Purchase, trained by Keith Dalgleish, kept on well to be third at Kempton last time and looks the answer to the opener at 2pm.

Newmarket trainer William Haggas is always to be feared when he sends one north so Dream of Delphi will be a popular choice in the second race. The filly won at Lingfield before finding Mark Johnston’s Sunbreak – a winner since – too hot to handle at Chelmsford City. She appears to have David Loughnane’s Shropshire raider Milan Reef to beat.

Goldolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor have well-bred newcomer Muzaawel down to make his debut in the 3.35pm. The market will point to the chances of the chestnut son of Derby winner New Approach but he is likely to face stiff competition from Karl Burke’s Valdolobo, who was a promising Haydock third first time behind Hugo Palmer’s White Mocha.

Thirsk trainer David Barron’s Granny Roz has been ultra-consistent this season and will be a tough nut to crack in the 4.10pm but Ruth Carr is having a cracking season and Flash City ran a gallant race in defeat behind One Boy at Beverley a few days ago.

Jedd O’Keefe’s Candelisa has been running with merit in better company and looks appealing now he is dropped into selling company under Graham Lee in the 4.40pm.

Picture - Kiwi Bay and jockey Callum Rodriguez in the winner's enclosure after the gelding's 7th Redcar victory.

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