Redzel to earn an Everest slot
HE’S often the forgotten horse of field, but in tomorrow’s $150,000 Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Randwick Redzel can announce himself as a player in The Everest.
The Snitzel five-yearold has taken a while to turn himself into proper racehorse, but his past two preparations, ending with a Group 1 win in the Doomben 10,000, have proved he’s the real deal.
Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, Redzel has this week’s race and the Moir Stakes at Mooney Valley on September 29 to earn a spot in the $10m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 14.
Even when he took out the Doomben 10,000 in winter drifted from $6 to $9 before beating Counterattack.
Co-trainer Paul Snowden said the horse had excelled since his impressive barrier trial win (1045m) against the likes of Russian Revolution, Happy Clapper and Invincible Gem.
“We were originally going to start him in The Shorts first-up but he’s just come up a bit quick on us,” Snowden said.
“He’s not going as hard as he used to in his races and he’s now con- serving energy and can finish off 1200m races.
“He’s been underrated his whole career, but he deserved that Group 1 in the Doomben 10,000.”
The Concorde Stakes field contains other potential The Everest runners Spieth and The Monstar as well as slick last-start Randwick winner Super Too.
With plenty on t he line, Redzel will be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy who told Team Snowden their horse was in good shape for the Spring.
“He’s going to improve on Saturday and the Moir is be a big race,” Snowden said.
“There’s nowhere to hide now and every one of the other runners in
Concorde will be our dangers.
“It’s a good field and they’re trialling well and Super Too’s last run was great.
“He’s going to have to be on his game beat this field. He’s got 60kg and I don’t think that will worry him.
“He’s used to carrying weight and he seems to keep improving as an older horse and this could be his best preparation.”
Redzel will the likely leader alongside Super Too, who he gives a 6kg advantage to.
Redzel is chasing a spot in The Everest when he resumes tomorrow