Exciting young sprinter My Redeemer followed in the Group 1-winning footsteps of his superstar half-sister Up Hill Jill when storming to victory in the $100,000 to-the-winner Harrison-Dawson (515m) at Sandown Park on Thursday night.
My Redeemer and Up Hill Jill are both out of Lara-based trainer/breeder David Geall’s wonderful producer Where’s Demonica, with Up Hill Jill having provided Geall and wife Rose with their first Group 1 celebrations in the 2017 Topgun and this year’s Golden Easter Egg.
After finishing runner-up in the Sapphire Crown last year, Up Hill Jill was scratched from last Thursday’s Sapphire heats due to injury, however My Redeemer stepped into the void, winning his heat of the Harrison-Dawson in 29.37sec, ensuring the Gealls had a leading contender in Thursday’s Group 1 triple header.
After drawing box one for the Harrison-Dawson, My Redeemer started $2.30 favourite and he settled third behind Bernardo ($8.10) and Zipping Captain ($40.80).
My Redeemer was still third turning for home and with plenty of work to do, but he finished powerfully to grab Bernardo in the shadows of the post, scoring by half a length in 29.36sec.
“My Redeemer’s sire, Fernando Bale, won this race and looking up in front of us we see the Henry Harrison Grandstand, so winning this race is a real thrill,” Dave Geall said.
“I’m a bit shocked. He did surprise me down the home straight. I didn’t think he’d get up.”
Rose Geall echoed her husband’s thoughts.
“He was beaten for speed and I was just hoping he would run third.”
The Harrison-Dawson triumph continued a sensational run of form for My Redeemer, which has won seven of his last eight starts and 12 from 23 overall.
My Redeemer is now likely to head to Sydney for the Group 1 Peter Mosman Classic, where he’ll attempt to go one better than sibling Up Hill Jill, which was runner-up in the Wentworth Park feature last year.
“He’s different to Up Hill Jill in that he doesn’t have to lead to win,” Rose Geall offered.
“He doesn’t have her early speed but we’re hoping that comes later because he’s only 25 months old and is still very immature.
“We’ll target the Peter Mosman with him next. David likes to place dogs where he thinks they’ll win and he enjoys driving. He’s been to Horsham and Sale with some of our other dogs this week, so it’s just part and parcel of it all.”
This article was compiled by Gerard Guthrie and Andrew Copley. Photos by Clint Anderson.