Rekindling | Horse Of The Month June 2018
Rekindling - Horse Of The Month June 2018
Our June 2018 betsfree.com.au Horse of the Month accolade goes to Rekindling.
As was the case with our June Jockey of the Month, we relied on season-long figures.
Rekindling sits atop the list of prize money earners for the season at Victorian metro venues. She has won $3.85 million to outshine Winx (to be fair, Winx runs mainly in NSW) and Boom Time.
The four-year-old bay by High Chaparral from Sitara has had four wins and two placings from a 10-start career that has earned him above $4 million.
The 3.85 million for the year?
Well, that came from winning the Melbourne Cup last spring as a three-year-old. At least, that win accounted for $3.6 million.
Having one of the foreign raiders win the Melbourne Cup is beginning to be commonplace, but foreign extraction does not mean anything to the horse, so it means nothing to us.
Rekindling’s lines are exclusively from Northern Hemisphere horses. High Chaparral was from Ireland and Sitara was from Great Britain. High Chaparral was a top performer in his brief career. He won 10 and placed three times for his 13 starts. The dam, Sitara, raced only eight times for one win and two placings.
Earlier, the lines of Rekindling are impressive. Three generations back, Canada’s Northern Dancer, a winner of 14 from 18 starts, upset the cart by being a top racer that succeeded in producing successful progeny. His offspring earned over $31 million.
Four generations back, names such as Nearctic, Natalma and Bold Reason make their appearances.
In the 2017 Melbourne Cup, Rekindling drew well with the fourth barrier, with Corey Brown as his rider. He started at $15, behind Johannes Vermeer ($13), Marmelo ($7), Almandin ($7), Wall Of Fire ($11) and Humidor ($11).
Rekindling wound up winning by half a length.
Other than Flemington, Rekindling does his racing at Curragh, Leopardstown, Gowran Park, Galway and Doncaster. He has won at every venue save Galway and Doncaster.
We hope to see Rekindling back come November of 2018 to defend his Melbourne Cup win. It is a difficult haul, but Almandin managed it all right in winning in 2016, but he soared to 12th in 2017 with a burden of 56.5 kg, second only to another British horse, Hartnell at 57.5 kg.
Whatever the future holds for the young stallion, we hope to see Rekindling race in Australia again. Stayers of his sort are becoming increasingly rare, as thoroughbred racing, at the behest of racing fans, is increasingly reliant on shorter races.
Congratulations to Rekindling, the betsfree.com.au June Horse of the Month.