20th May 2007
The Michael Bell-trained Red Evie showed how much she has improved in the course of 12 months when landing the second Gr.1 win of her career in yesterday’s Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. She won the seven furlong fillies’ handicap on the same card in 2006.
The Terry Neill-owned bay subsequently worked her way steadily up the ranks, taking in a conditions event at Leicester, a Listed handicap at Ascot, the Gr.3 Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood and the Gr.1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown, where she beat Peeress, Flashy Wings and Nannina.
She finished with a late flourish yesterday, just pipping the Italian Classic winner Ramonti (Martino Alonso), who was having his first start for Godolphin, and the French raider Passager (Anabaa).
Bred by Dermot Cantillon and Forenaghts Stud, Red Evie was snapped up for €50,000 by Camas Park Stud as a Goffs foal and 58,000gns by Kern/Lillingston at Tattersalls October Sale Part One. Yesterday’s victory has taken her earnings to more than €318,000.
Her sire, Derrinstown Stud’s Champion Older Horse Intikhab (Red Ransom), has sired another Gr.1-winning filly in Paita, as well as the Group-winning fillies Moon Unit and Toupie.
Red Evie will head to Royal Ascot next for the Gr.1 Queen Anne Stakes, where Ramonti is again scheduled to be one of her rivals.
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