Impressive debut for Redesdale; relation to Danehill bought for $18,000
Redesdale made an impressive winning debut for Brendan Walsh on Thursday in a MSW at Churchill Downs, overcoming greenness to score by a length over Graded stakes placed colts such as Show Bound. The Juddmonte-bred son of Speightstown, who is out of a Grade 3-winning sister to Danehill, was bought by Chad for just $18,000 in January.
Although not fully wound up for Thursday’s race, Redesdale showed bright speed to track the leader during the opening exchanges, and when asked for his effort by Julian Leparoux, responded well to go clear and win in 1.09.86. In the process, he recorded a Beyer figure of 86.
Sold during the final days of this year’s Keeneland January Sale, Redesdale is a half-brother to the Listed-placed First World and out of Harpia, a Grade 3 winning daughter of Danzig who was multiple Grade 2-placed.
In turn, Harpia is a sister to Danehill, a stallion who changed the face of the international bloodstock industry, as well as Grade 2 winner Eagle Eyed and Group 3 winner Shibboleth. Another sister, Family, bred Acomb Stakes winner Dundonnell, subsequently a classy performer in Hong Kong.