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Red Top on the way up for Sears stable

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Co-trainer Maddysen Sears believes the best is yet to come for impressive youngster Red Top as the gelding shoots for his second straight metropolitan victory.

RED TOP. Picture: Michael McInally/Racing Queensland

The son of Top Echelon overturned leader Heroic Son at the winning post earlier this month to nab his first victory in town after three encouraging efforts at provincial level, without breaking through.

The Darling Downs gelding is yet to finish out of the money in four trips to the races and heads towards the QTIS Two-Year-old Handicap over 1400 metres on Saturday at Eagle Farm.

Red Top hit the line strongly over 1350 metres last start – after coming from near last at the home turn – which Sears thinks will be an advantage on Saturday.

The field for the babies brings an array of different barns together.

Rockhampton's Tom Smith makes the trip down with Better Rain, the powerful Ciaron Maher and David Eustace team present unbeaten Recommendation, while Rob Heathcote's Billionair Baby was a stylish winner in a mid-week contest earlier this month.

"I think he will be a really good chance," co-trainer Maddysen Sears said of Red Top.

"The one of Heathcote's looks to be a pretty smart horse obviously but us being over the 1300 and 1400 metre trips already, we have that feather in our cap already.

"The long straight at Eagle Farm as well, I think that will really suit him and he will be hard to beat."

Red Top is raced by Perth's Suat Wee, who has turned down overseas interest for the promising gelding.

Maddysen, who co-trains with her father Tony, believes Red Top will grow into a 1600 metre and potentially beyond horse next campaign.

"He has been great for us and I still think there is more improvement in him," she said.

"We have had a couple of offers from Singapore for him already to be exported over there but the owners knocked them back.

"We think he is a bright future and a horse that will be an even better three-year-old.

"I think he could be a really good miler when he is a three-year-old, as those Red Dazzler's tend to be.

"The way he races, he relaxes really nicely and hits the line like that, so he will only get better with time."

Soon-to-be crowned metropolitan premiership winner James Orman partnered Red Top at his previous victory but will pilot the Heathcote runner instead on Saturday.

The Sears' booked former Darling Downs-based apprentice Kyle Wilson-Taylor for their two-year-old gelding.

Wilson-Taylor – the leading apprentice in Brisbane over the last 12 months, collected a metro win for the Sears' last Saturday with Maya Bay.

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