Redzel to earn an Ever­est slot

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By MATT JONES

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

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