Watch This Space has earned a return to stakes company after maintaining the unbeaten start to his spring campaign.
Last season’s Gr. 2 Japan-New Zealand International Trophy winner returned with a first-up victory at Ruakaka and he was untroubled to add today’s L. I. Redshaw Memorial at Hastings to his record.
Trainer Wayne Hills said Watch This Space would now be returning to Hawke’s Bay on October 7 for the Gr. 3 Spring Sprint.
“He’ll run on the last day here and he’s still in the Coupland’s Bakeries Mile, but I’m not sure at this stage if we’ll go down to Christchurch. There’s other options – the Rich Hill Mile and the Thorndon Mile are nice races for him.”
Watch This Space was ridden again by champion apprentice Sam Weatherley, who had no concerns at any stage of the race after settling behind the front-runner Irish Moon.
“From the two barrier we got a beautiful run in the trail and everything panned out as I thought it would,” he said. “The leader rolled out on the turn and I was happy to cut the corner and then get out a bit wider.”
Watch This Space responded to Weatherley’s urgings to draw clear and score by a length and a half. Mighty Solomon made late ground for second and the pacemaker Irish Moon boxed on for third ahead of the topweight Amarula.