Radegast Flies on Past

Date: 16 Dec 2020

Radegast Flies on Past

In a race that set up perfectly, Radegast  (4 g Savabeel - Marveen, by Orientate) broke through at his third start to win the $10,000 Franklin Auctions Maiden 1400 metres on 16 December at Pukekohe. 

After winning a trial in November at Ellerslie, and finishing third when resuming in the Maiden 1215 metres on 2 December at Rotorua, Radegast was in the market ($4.30 & $1.80) to go well again and duly obliged.

As the field of 13 found an order, settling eighth inner seemed ideal as Radegast chased a competitive speed and he made headway inside the 400m, under rider Opie Bosson, before surging to lead near home.

It was a compelling victory, which appeared somewhat on the cards after running a fast final 600m (34.5) last time out, and just reward for patient owners of a horse that has continued to improve with maturity.

“He's take a long while to get their physically and had been immature all the way through,” said leading trainer Jamie Richards. 

“The owners have been patient. Covid held him up, but that was probably a blessing in disguise and gave him a chance to come on both physically and mentally. 

“Mette (Mosebo) and Scott (Lucock) and the team at the Colt Barn have done a fantastic job, as he's not the easiest to work with but he's getting there. He's by the right stallion (Savabeel) and has a nice pedigree that could enable him to carry on. 

“We'd had a bit of trouble with him in the barriers, and not finishing off after racing too handy to the speed, but everything has gone really well in this preparation and I was very pleased to see him win like that. 

“He was aided by a lovely ride from Opie (Bosson). He wasn't going to win until the last 100 metres but he lifted him and got him over the line.”

Named after Slavic god and Czech beer brand, Radegast ran the 1400 metres in 1:23.8 on Dead4 footing. 

Purchased by Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM for $175,000 at the 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale, from the draft of Kilgravin Lodge, owned by Te Akau Radegast Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM).

“That was our 69thwin for the season, incredible when you see the next highest trainer has 31 wins, and I was thrilled for the owners of Radegast who have allowed Jamie to take time with him and have been very patient,” Ellis said. 

“I bought him at the Ready to Run Sale, and he's another winner we've had by New Zealand's Champion Sire. Although he was a neater type of Savabeel, and naturally athletic when he breezed-up, he has taken time to get there physically.

“His dam, Marveen, was a good black type race mare, winning up to 1800 metres, and the way Radegast chased along behind the leaders, and then finished off, looked as though he might get up in trip too. I thought he found the line really well.”

Radegast was strapped by Reece Trumper.

Photo credit - www.raceimages.co.nz


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