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Red Jazz

Red Jazz strides clear of Cat Junior (left) and Main Aim (centre)

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Johannesburg colt Red Jazz wins Challenge

Victor Chandler Challenge Stakes (Group 2), Newmarket,7f

RED JAZZ (3yo b c Johannesburg-Now That's Jazz, by Sword Dance)

Breeder: William & Annabel Murphy in the US

RED JAZZ landed a deserved first Pattern race victory on Saturday by drawing clear of Cat Junior and Main Aim to win the Challenge Stakes on Champions Day at Newmarket.

The Barry Hills-trained three-year-old had finished placed in the Jersey, Criterion and QueenElizabeth II Stakes since winning the Listed European Free Handicap over the Challenge Stakes course and distance in April.

Red Jazz is another feather in the cap for his sire Johannesburg, a brilliant juvenile who won the Phoenix Stakes, Prix Morny, Middle Park and Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Johannesburg, a son of Hennessy, stood at Coolmore's Ashford Stud from 2003 until last year, and has sired a pair of northern hemisphere Group 1 winners in Sageburg and Scat Daddy, as well as two south of the equator from shuttling to Australia, Once Were Wild and Turffontein.

Last year Johannesburg was sold to the Japanese Bloodhorse Breeders' Association and he has taken up stud duties at the Shizunai Stallion Station in Hokkaido.

Bred in America, Red Jazz is out of the winning 11-year-old Sword Dance mare Now That's Jazz.

He provided a profitable pinhook when bought by Mags O'Toole for $37,000 at the 2007 Keeneland November sale and resold by Lynn Lodge Stud to BBA Ireland for €95,000 at the 2008 Goffs Million yearling sale.




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