Tuchel's (Redwood) sparkling performance at Sha Tin. 

Photo Credit \ Kenneth Chan 

Redwood’s Son Tuchel Defiant

Redwood’s gifted son Tuchel produced another sterling performance at Sha Tin on Sunday evening to further his impressive record in Hong Kong.

The Westbury Stud-bred and sold four-year-old was saddled with 61kg over 1600 metres and he accounted for Flaming Rabbit, a dual European Group winner who was in receipt of 5.5kg.

“It was a very good effort, they made him chase a long way from home with the big weight,” rider Zac Purton told the Hong Kong Jockey Club website.

“I thought I had Flaming Rabbit easily at the 200 metres but, with a 100 to go, I was gassed and it was just his class and heart that got him through.”

It was the fifth win of the gelding’s 13-start career, which also includes a gallant second three runs back in the Hong Kong Derby.

He also completed a winning double for conditioner John Size who is eight wins clear in his bid for a record 12th Hong Kong Trainers’ Championship.

Tuchel was a graduate of Westbury’s class of 2020 at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale where he was purchased by the Hong Kong-based Simple Bloodstock Services for $130,000.

He is a son of the Testa Rossa mare Trista Rossa, who is out of Sir Tristram’s stakes-winning daughter Altrista.

Trista Rossa has a yearling sister to Tuchel and is back in foal to Redwood, who is enjoying a grand season as the sire of multiple Group 1 winner Sharp ‘N’ Smart, Group 2 Auckland Cup winner Platinum Invador and rising star Solidify.