Redwood Classic glory for Eljaykay Phoenix

09:02 PM 20 Jul 2014 NZST
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Eljaykay Phoenix and Josh Aiken.jpg Trainer David Aiken, Eljaykay Phoenix and Group 1-winning driver Josh Aiken.jpg
Eljaykay Phoenix

Brilliant trotter Eljaykay Phoenix is this year’s Seelite Windows and Doors Redwood Classic champion.

The son of Sundon from the all-conquering David Aiken yard made it six wins from seven starts in the $50,505 Group 1 event on Sunday at Maryborough.

Runner-up My Arya made a race of it though, the New Zealand two-year-old champ getting within a neck of Eljaykay Phoenix at the end of the 2190m journey.

The pair finished 12.5m clear of third placegetter Endsino and will both be leading contenders come Breeders Crown finals time next month.

Sunday’s victory was junior driver Josh Aiken’s second Group 1 triumph after he won on Eljaykay Phoenix in the Vicbred Super Series final recently for his first.

Eljaykay Phoenix worked to the lead early in the Redwood before coming home in a last half-mile of 58.7secs.

My Arya and Mark Purdon used the sprint lane to close on the winner late, while Endsino for Andy and Kate Gath worekd home strongly for third after travelling three back the markers.

Fabrication finished fourth and Sheza Amason finished fifth.

The well-backed Twice As Much had a day to forget, galloping twice in running to finish tailed off last.

Eljaykay Phoenix

By Cody Winnell

Harness Racing Victoria

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