Day At The Track

Boom youngster not for sale

11:40 AM 30 Apr 2015 NZST
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Heath Redwood

One quick conversation with astute harness racing trainer Heath Redwood and it’s easy to understand why exciting freshman Iconic Valor “is not for sale”.

A flashy son of Jeremes Jet, Iconic Valor has been impressive winning his two starts, including Kilmore last night.

Rapt with the two-year-old’s progress, Redwood rated Iconic Valor as the “best young horse I have ever been associated with.”

That comment alone explains why Redwood has knocked back several high six-figure offers for the colt.

“This bloke is the real deal,” Redwood declared. “He is the best young horse I have ever sat behind and that includes those I have broken in for other trainers.

“He has it all…speed, strength, manners and an aptitude for racing.

“I’ve had a few good six-figure offers for him, but he is not for sale.”

Driven by premier reinsman Chris Alford, Iconic Valor was eased away from barrier seven to settle at the tail of the field as Combined Interest led from five.

Angled three-wide during the middle stages, Iconic Valor quickly dashed around the field to take over the pacemaker’s role.

Striding clear of the pack turning for home, Iconic Valor was never fully extended as he cruised to an effortless 16-and-a-half metre win from Combined Interest, with Esspee Rockstar five metres away third.

“He just covers the ground so easily,” Redwood said. “Chris never had to move on him and he spaced them without leaving second gear.

“He hasn’t been pushed yet, but I’ve got no doubt there is plenty there when needed.”

Set to enjoy an easy weekend, Iconic Valor will contest next month’s Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum series before heading into the Vicbred Super Series and Australasian Breeders’ Crown.

“I’ll let him enjoy a few easy days, then get him ready for the Platinum heats at Ballarat,” Redwood said. “Hopefully he will progress into the Final on May 15.

“After that he has the Vicbred and Breeders’ Crown, which will see out his season.”

  • PAUL COURTS

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