SHORTS THING IS REDZEL
Track record set as sprinter soars
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.”
‘MINI-EVEREST’: Redzel takes out the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick yesterday.