First NZ-bred winner by Red Giant

Westbury Stud stallion Red Giant (USA) opened his account in style when his filly De Kensington Oval won the Avondale Classic (1200m) by four lengths on Friday.

The Lance O’Sullivan trained chestnut appreciated the addition of blinkers to unleash a brilliant finishing burst to easily defeat Vavasour (Redoute’s Choice) and Attesa (Perfectly Ready) at her fourth visit to the races.

De Kensington Oval (2f Red Giant – De World Cup by Dehere) will now step up to black-type for the LR Great Northern Foal Stakes at Ellerslie.  “The blinkers seemed to do the trick today the way she hit the line,” O’Sullivan said.   “We might give her another run before the Ellerslie race next month.”

A homebred for David O’Keeffe’s Lockyer Thoroughbreds, she is the first foal of De World Cup who won a Canberra maiden for O’Keeffe before retiring to stud.  Second-dam La Rieuse (Brief Truce) won the G3 STC Research Stakes in 2001.

De World Cup has yearling and weanling colts by Red Giant and was covered by the Westbury Stud sire again last year.

Red Giant (Giant’s Causeway) was a Group 1 winner of the 2008 Clement Hirsh Turf Memorial (2000m) in which he set a world record of 1.57.16s.  He won 6 of 12 starts that also included the G2 Virginia Derby and G2 Fourstardave Hcp.

He shuttles from Three Chimneys to Gerry Harvey’s stud in Karaka.  His first Kentucky bred stakes winner arrived in November when Puddifoot scored a six length victory in the LR Juvenile Filly Sprint (1300m) at Gulfstream Park.