Redzel on track to climb Ever­est

The Sportsman Midweek - - Latest trackwork times - SHAYNE O’CASS

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.

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