Longton racehorse trainer Eric Alston was today planning future targets for his exciting sprinter Red Baron after the six-year-old captured one of Scotland’s biggest prizes, the £100,000 William Hill Scottish Sprint Trophy at Musselburgh.
Red Baron was an impressive winner in the hands of apprentice jockey Neil Farley to win a race second only in importance north of the Border to the Ayr Gold Cup.
The win underlined Alston’s knack of producing high-calibre sprinters.
He handled the career of Reverence, who was European champion sprinter in 2006, and also trained prolific money-spinners like Tedburrow and Stack Rock.
Now Red Baron looks ready to take top rank.
On Saturday at Musselburgh, Red Baron, sent off the 4-1 favourite, asserted at the furlong marker and was one-and-a-half lengths in front of his nearest pursuer Fast Track in second at the finishing-line.
It was a five-star performance all round by Alston’s pride and joy.
He broke the five-furlong track record at Musselburgh to the delight of Alston, who said: “I always thought he’d be very good.
“He’s all speed and a great horse to train – he’s no bother.
“Neil said he could have won on the bridle, though I am not sure about that!”
“How far he can go we’ll have to see.
“He’ll probably be out of most handicaps, I think.
“We’ll have to see where we go, we haven’t talked about it.”
Red Baron could now be raised in class to listed company or maybe even higher.
The horse’s form seems to have been transformed since a gelding operation.
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