Redzel on track to climb Everest
WAS this the trial that revealed winner of this weekend’s $10m Everest?
REDZEL is the one peaking for the big race, nothing surer.
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained gelding won a 1000m heat at Randwick last Monday with the authority, class and quality befitting an Everest winner.
That said, the DEPLOY camp would have been thrilled with their charge’s effort, he was 4.5-lens behind Redzel — always was — but kept under double or triple wraps by his jockey Josh Parr.
Outside of the Everest pair, there were good efforts in this trial from fifth placed EGG TART and also the Tulloch Lodge galloper CABEZE
DE VACA who has a sterling record of 12s 5-3-3 and might be ready to win decent race this preparation.
Now the two horses, outside of Redzel, that trialled the best all throughout the 15-heats namely ELEAZAR and EPIDEMIC.
Eleazar, who shares his name with the 1970 Ascot Vale winner and moderately successful stallion, is trained by Team Hawkes and was in cruise control winning his 900m in 53.30s.
Amazing to think that he could have gone faster and that this was his first trial.
If he fronts up at Warwick Farm tomorrow, he will be winning.
As for Mnemosyne’s daughter Epidemic, she is a sister and stablemate to Stradbroke winner Impending and half to Forget.
Her trial win was outstanding and worth a proper review.
She drew wide, jumped well but was last for few strides
before whipping up towards
the end three off the fence.
The Godolphin filly simply ambled up to lead at the 200m and won the heat narrowly but with monumental authority.
There was four two-yearold trials at HQ last week, Gerald Ryan won two of them with LEGEND OF CONDOR and the flying machine TACTICAL FORMATION.
Tactical Formation won by 6-lens but was somehow 1.3s slower than Legend of Condor who ‘only’ won by two.
But put it this way, if we could chose only one twoyearold across all four heats to take home it is a done deal, no questions asked — ACQUIRE.
This utterly magnificent and imposing son of Sebring is out Eurzone’s Group 2 Hill Stakes and 3 Craven Plate winning half-sister Miss Marielle whose only two foals to race so far are Group 1 winner Peeping and the Scone Guineas winner France.
Once Acquire gets to a mile, expect some fireworks — he is a huge talent and the ideal horse to put his young Randwick based trainer Edward O’Rourke on the map.
Another likely type among
the two-year- old brigade was James Cummings’ blue blood heat winner GODODDIN who is by Exceed And Excel out of Bernicia.
One more youngster before moving on, KARA’S HOPE, a Tim Martin trained I Am Invincible out of Ron Quinton’s VRC Oaks winner Bulla Borghese ( dam Bound For Earth, grandam of Calliope).
Hers was a ‘great last’ beaten 1.4-lens in 5-horse heat, no room, no room.
LE CORDON BLEU never fails to get the nod every time he trials and last week was no exception.
His closing third in his 900 heat would suggest he is ready to add to her impressive firstup record (7s 3- 0-2) should he front-up in the Everest consolation at HQ come Saturday.
Kudos to Team Hawkes stablemate ARTEMIS ROSE who lead throughout to win her heat in impressive style just ahead of Chris Waller’s grey ANDAZ.
Waller would have also been pleased with NEW UNIVERSE who was 4.7-lens behind the Hawkes’ ELEMENOHPEE but Hugh Bowman never really asked his horse to do much more than go around.
Two of Waller’s regally bred three-year- old fillies finished alongside each other in another heat namely BALLET BABY and IMPULSIVE.
How’s this for breeding; Ballet Baby is out of a half-sister to Takeover Target while Impuslive (bred and raced by Winx’s breeder, John Camillieri) is by So You Think out of Procrastinate who once sold for $2m at the Broodmare Sales.
CHETWOOD meanwhile was well below his best last campaign but the long striding, free going, Godolphin gelding looked his old self bounding out like a gazelle winning his 900m heat in good time, 53.3s.
A couple of the Jason Coyle string that impressed were ASSERTIN MISCHIEF (flying.) and her Queensland Guineas winning stablemate SALSONIC who would be a very good bet in the Sandown Guineas at the back end of the spring carnival Melbourne.
Our others from last Monday’s action are; HAYMAN, SALFORCE, DRACHENFELS and a promising unraced type from the Richard Freedman camp named MERICAN.
Maybe it was the nose-roll, but he looks a real miler/2000m horse and trialled like one too.
North Shore brothers Chris and Michael Ward own Triple Crown Syndications, with their horse Redzel who is running in The Everest on Saturday.