May 29, 2017
It is not often that Michael Kent backs up horses three weeks running but such is the toughness of Radiant Rouge that she was well up to the task - and it was a deserved maiden victory for the attractive chestnut at Cranbourne on Friday night.
In the placings at each of her previous four outings, Radiant Rouge was not surprisingly a short priced favourite and she was always travelling like the winner, settling well outside the leader.
Easily getting clear once asked for her effort by Ethan Brown (pictured), the Written Tycoon three-year-old won by 1 1/4 lengths in the style of a horse with plenty more to offer - and Kent is confident that she can measure up in better company with a BM64 in town on the cards.
"It was another back up for her," Kent said, "but she did so well during the week and this race at her home track looked such a good one for her on paper."
"There is not much of her but she just keeps improving and she showed tonight that she has plenty of toughness."
Ethan Brown was happy to see Radiant Rouge break through, noting that "she has been knocking on the door for a while now."
"She was very tough tonight and she will gain a lot of confidence from that win."
Bred and raced by Gaston Khougaz, Radiant Rouge is a full sister to his now retired (served last spring by Zoustar) Group Three winner Vibrant Rouge.
Their dam, the winning West Point mare Vibrant Rouge, paid a return visit to Written Tycoon last spring and has two yet to be named youngsters (a yearling and a weanling) by him.