It sure has been a great week for in-form stallion Redente, a resident of Benalla’s Riverbank Farm.
Doing the job despite limited opportunities, the unraced but extremely well bred son of Redoute’s Choice and the Group One winning mare Stella Cadente is proving quite the upgrade and the best is still to come.
Kicking off Redente’s recent winning run was Flying Ferret, a dominant first up winner at Albury last Saturday.
The Russell Osborne trained four-year-old was having his first run since January (back from surgery for knee chips) and is bound to derive great benefit from the run.
Fast forward to Monday and Gangstar’s Curse was a warmly supported favourite making his debut at Wodonga. The Sylvia Thompson trained bay proved a class above his rivals – giving a great kick at the turn and racing away to win by an impressive 4 1/4 lengths.
“We were pretty confident today,” said owner/breeder Bruce Andersen, noting that the four-year-old is “a big strong horse with a couple of V8 engines behind!”
Gangstar’s Curse’s stable mate Aunty Elsie was another Redente winner this week, at Tatura on Tuesday, winning with a fair bit in hand at Tatura despite racing a little greenly.
Recording her second success from her last three starts and her fourth overall, the four-year-old was having her first start at the 1400m.
And on Wednesday there were another two winners for Redente, Stella The Boss at Bendigo and Honest John at Mount Gambier.
Giving them a start after a slow beginning, Stella The Boss did a little wrong at only her second outing but she was strong to the line.
Local trainer Brad Cole was very happy with the performance noting that Stella The Boss is a horse who has “always shown us ability. She is a nice mare with a good future.”
And it was another new winner for Redente with Honest John’s success at Mount Gambier, that lightly raced chestnut too fast for his rivals in a 900m maiden.
Another Redente to watch out for is Billabong Babe, a three-year-old who bolted in with her maiden at Leeton before stepping up to city class and running a gallant second to the speedy Miss Idyllic at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate weekend.
“Redente is a lovely horse who is really stamping his progeny,” said Riverbank’s Russell Osborne.
Hailing from the prolific black-type family of Bint Marscay, Bollinger, Benicio, Ortensia and Kenny’s Best Pal, Redente was bred by Nagambie’s famed Wood Nook Farm but unraced due to a foot injury incurred as a yearling.
For further information on Redente who stands alongside well performed sires Astronomer Royal, Von Costa de Hero and Hillman, contact Russell Osborne on 0423 768 155 or go to www.riverbankfarm.com.au