Redzel sig­nals Ever­est sum­mit is within his reach

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By SHAYNE O’CASS

IF the Ever­est was held to­mor­row, you’d want to be on REDZEL. For what it’s worth, I have RUS­SIAN REV­O­LU­TION as my Ever­est pick and am stick­ing solid but I must con­cede that his Snow­den Rac­ing sta­ble­mate Redzel han­dled him pretty eas­ily in their 1045m heat at Rand­wick on Mon­day.

Redzel’s own­ers/syn­di­ca­tors, Triple Crown, put out a press re­lease later that day where Peter Snow­den con­firmed that the horse would likely re­sume in Shorts at Rand­wick on Septem­ber 16 be­fore head­ing to Mel­bourne for the Moir at the Val­ley 13 days later.

Redzel’s heat was a star-stud­ded af­fair, as men­tioned Rus­sian Rev­o­lu­tion was run­ner-up, HAPPY

CLAP­PER tri­alled like a bomb (again) in third, ENGLISH was held to­gether in fourth then came LE ROMAIN, GHISONI, INVINCIBLE GEM and TEASPOON.

Off hand, I can’t nom­i­nate a horse that is tri­alling bet­ter in Sydney in re­cent times than NIETA.

The John Thomp­son-trained mare (who is three out of three first-up) won a 740m heat at Rand­wick on Aug. 8 by 4.3-lens and prob­a­bly went just as well, if not a shade bet­ter this time even though her win­ning mar­gin was 1.8-lens.

It was a very deep heat in­deed this time; FELL SWOOP (easy third), PROMPT RE­SPONSE (clos­ing fourth) whilst the sixth and sev­enth placed DRACHENFELS and PAJARO both pleased.

Godol­phin colt KE­MEN­TARI is the $8 TAB Fixed Odds equal favourite (with Me­nari) to win this year’s Golden Rose.

The son of Lonhro would have em­bold­ened his back­ers with his 0.3-lens heat win on Mon­day but you could make a case that sta­ble­mate BEAU GESTE went just as well, per­haps even a shade bet­ter.

He might be a bit un­der­rated around town.

Ditto an­other of Godol­phin’s three-year-old colts namely ATARAXIA who fin­ished along­side

IPSO FACTO in their 1045m trial. It wasn’t just the Godol­phin colts that im­pressed on Mon­day, two of their un­raced three-yearold fil­lies that war­rant close at­ten­tion mid to long term are; FLY

ING and PERSIA. Fly­ing is by that in­cred­i­bly un­der­rated stal­lion, Re­set, who has sired two Cox Plate win­ners and a Caulfield Cup win­ner.

Fly­ing is out of All Time High who won the VATC Thou­sand Guineas and dam of Zy­deco

Wake­ful and was run­ner in the VRC Oaks.

This one has clas­sic filly writ­ten all over her and that’s ex­actly how she gal­lops.

Tul­loch Lodge had a size­able im­pact on the morn­ing’s pro­ceed­ings thanks to ster­ling per­for­mances from likes of HUALALAI, STAM­PEDE, REGAL CAN­NON, HUSSTERICAL and clearly the best of all, WOMAN — the Frankel/More Joy­ous filly who was jaw drop­pingly im­pres­sive in the last of the 14 heats.

The Snow­den-trained Redzel is fir­ing up ahead of a spring cam­paign

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