Red’s win the right medicine
PETER Piras remains in the fight of his life, but nothing repeat, nothing - was ever going to stop him being at Flemington yesterday to see Redzel, the horse he partowns, quash any doubts about who was the best sprinter in Australia, if not the world.
Never mind the fact Piras barely slept on Friday night. Or still faces a daily battle with his health.
Having fought cancer, bone-marrow transplants and kidney disease for a number of years, the other “affliction” in his life - owning racehorses has proven to be the greatest medication he could ever have hoped for. It hasn’t cured him, but it has kept him sane throughout the toughest of times.
A month ago, Redzel won the inaugural Everest, a manufactured $10 million race, with a $5.8 million cheque to the winner. Yet still there were doubters.
But yesterday, against a similar field of opponents, as well as few new kids on the block, the horse they call ‘Red’ beat the best again to claim the Group 1 Darley Classic.
This time the owners, consisting of police officers, school teachers, a doctor, a taxi driver, a concreter, an electrician, a pharmacist, a former NSW cricket coach and a security guard, won “only” $600,000 for first prize. But this wasn’t about financial rewards, it was more about the horse’s validation as the best speedster in the land.
“This is not about the money, mate, this is about the horse,” Piras said. “He has proven he is the best now.
“It is unreal what this horse has done for me.’’
THE BEST: Redzel ridden by Kerrin McEvoy wins the Darley Classic at Flemington yesterday.