Reckless Russell Ready for 2015 Champagne Stakes

April 15th, 2015

Reckless Russell boxed on for a commendable third in the Listed Fernhill Handicap (1600m) at long odds last weekend and is reportedly in peak condition leading into Saturday’s Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.

Reckless Russell will sport the same colours as Famous Seamus (pictured) in the 2015 Champagne Stakes. Photo: Daniel Costello

Reckless Russell will sport the same colours as Famous Seamus (pictured) in the 2015 Champagne Stakes. Photo: Daniel Costello

Jumping from the gates well, jockey Jay Ford settled Reckless Russell in prime position mid-pack and on the fence; receiving a good run in transit before displaying a keen turn of foot late to finish just off the pace of The Barrister and Chachapoyas.

Revealing he is not one to usually back a horse up after only one week, trainer Noel Mayfield-Smith confirmed Reckless Russell has come through his run in the Fernhill Handicap in exceptional condition and is confident he will lay a great account for himself in what will be his first competitive appearance at the highest level.

“I wouldn’t normally back a horse up so quickly but the top horses aren’t in the Champagne,” Mayfield-Smith told AAP.

“Maybe it’s time for a new superstar.

“Reckless Russell has always shown above average ability and the jockeys who have ridden him said he just needed to get into a race over ground.

“His work before the Fernhill was very good and he finds the line strongly.”

Beating just one runner home in his Kemble Grange debut on January 19th, the son of Excellent Art placed seventh in each of the Stramit Building Products Handicap (1350m) and Capital One Real Estate Maiden (1200m) in his only other starts prior to the Fernhill Handicap.

Confirming Group 1-winning sprinter Famous Seamus in the final field for Saturday’s Group 1 All Aged Stakes, Mayfield-Smith is confident a change of riders for both his chances this weekend will not hinder their chances.

Kerrin McEvoy will Ride Famous Seamus and Jimmy Cassidy goes on Reckless Russell so they are two pretty good substitutes,” he added.

The 2015 Champagne Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday today (April 15th).

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