Track record set as sprinter soars

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - RAY THOMAS BRAD DAVID­SON

REDZEL smashed the track record, English and Fell Swoop were just be­hind the placeget­ters, Take­down was com­pet­i­tive and Chau­tauqua ran sev­enth but his run was a beauty.

This was the re­sult of the “mini-Ever­est’’ at Rand­wick yes­ter­day, the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m), where all the top sprint­ers came through with their rep­u­ta­tions in­tact.

Team Snow­den’s Redzel, con­firmed as a starter in the $10 mil­lion The Ever­est a few days ear­lier, showed why he is a real chance of win­ning the world’s rich­est race on turf with an­other bril­liant dis­play of sus­tained speed.

“Redzel has come a long way,’’ trainer Peter Snow­den said. “He has learned how to race prop­erly. He is very, very gen­uine. He never makes a mis­take. He races on pace, on wet tracks, dry tracks, car­ries weight well, he’s just the real deal now.”

Snow­den con­firmed Redzel ($2.50 favourite) would go straight into The Ever­est on Oc­to­ber 14 with­out an­other run af­ter the geld­ing sped over the Rand­wick 1100m in a track record time of 1min 01.83sec to win The Shorts by one and a quar­ter lengths.

For the third suc­ces­sive year, early leader Ball Of Mus­cle ($10) had to set­tle for se­cond while Ni­eta ($21) ran well for third, a short neck away.

“In my opin­ion he is a genu- ine Ever­est hope­ful this horse,’’ jockey Hugh Bow­man said of Redzel.

Snow­den had ini­tially wanted to send Redzel to Mel­bourne for the Group 1 Moir Stakes on Fri­day week but has aban­doned those plans to con­cen­trate on The Ever­est.

The Shorts mi­nor placeget­ters aren’t in The Ever­est mix but English (fourth), Fell Swoop (sixth) and Chau­tauqua (sev­enth) all fin­ished in a bunch within two lengths of the win­ner.

Champion sprinter Chau­tauqua was three lengths be­hind the se­cond last horse for most of the race and still a clear last at the 400m.

Chau­tauqua re­tains Ever­est favouritism with UBET at $5 with Redzel firm­ing from $7.

“He has run ter­rific,’’ said Bren­ton Av­dulla, rider of Chau­tauqua. “Ob­vi­ously there is a month un­til the grand fi­nal but I couldn’t be hap­pier.”

COMIN’ Through put for­ward his Ep­som case while the frus­tra­tion for Tom Mel­bourne’s sup­port­ers con­tin­ued at Rand­wick yes­ter­day.

Comin’ Through, a half­brother to Cri­te­rion, held on to de­feat Tom Mel­bourne by a long-head in the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Hand­i­cap (1400m), his se­cond straight tri­umph this prepa­ra­tion.

Trainer Chris Waller feels Comin’ Through is a gen­uine Ep­som chance.

“My word,’’ he said. ‘‘I think that type of race will suit him.

“We took the risk of go­ing four weeks be­tween runs to make sure we kept a lit­tle bit of speed in him and most im­por­tantly still hav­ing him there for the Ep­som in two weeks’ time with a bit of speed step­ping up to the mile.”

Pic­ture: Si­mon Bullard

‘MINI-EVER­EST’: Redzel takes out the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) at Rand­wick yes­ter­day.

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