Everest hero set for Sprint Classic
DUAL Everest winner REDZEL is spot on and ready to roar in this weekend’s Group 1 sprint at Flemington after a brilliant trial win at Randwick on Tuesday morning.
The $15.3m winner, blinkers on, led the fence throughout taking 850m heat by three- quarters of a length with very little fuss – as usual.
There were couple of eye catchers behind the Triple Crown gun namely last start Sydney Stakes winner PIERATA who was a closing but distant three and quarter length third.
What a run by LUVALUVA though.
John Sargent’s 2017 Wakeful Stakes winner was giving away a big head start to Redzel and others prior on straightening but was rocketing the line just a half-length behind Pierata.
Back to Triple Crown and the Snowdens now to highlight two of theirs in SMARTEDGE and REELEM IN RUBY.
Smartedge contested what was more a jump- out than a trial – the 10 runners cross the line with mere three and three- quarter length covering them – but Smartedge was absolutely cruising clocking on one and three- quarter lengths from the heat winner, OUR BELISA, from the John Thompson camp.
Reelem in Ruby meanwhile has always shown a fair bit of talent and her effort to run down THE ART OF THE BAR from the 200m the post was a tremendously encouraging performance on her part.
Still on the Snowdens, Peter and Paul would have been delighted with the runs of two of their unraced two-year- old’s namely PAPAL WARRIOR and SMART CONSORT.
The Snowdens delivered a superfecta in Heat 9 with the first six over the line including Papal Warrior who was long neck second to JONAH who ran Time To Reign at Rosehill last Saturday.
If you thought a ‘Big 6’ was incredible, then wait, there’s more, because just ten minutes later the Snowdens saddled up a Magnificent Seven no less!
All of them were good to varying degrees but we especially liked the run of the winner SMART CONSORT who is a superbly bred colt by Smart Missile.
The colt is out of Gosford Slipper winner Ultimate Fever whose three winning offspring include the Team Hawkes stakes-winners, Sprightly Lass and Le Cordon Bleu as well as the Canonbury runner-up Stratosphere.
One other from camp before moving on is SNIPPETS
LAND who was third to stablemate CHABREET who goes around with an undeniable chance of winning at Flemington today.
Mark Newnham had reason to smile last week after the respective efforts of ANTONIO and ON THE TOP, both of whom won their heats.
Antonio is a George Altomonte owned and bred son of I Am Invincible was tipped out after a fading but not disgraced fourth to Wagner and co in Canterbury midweeker on August 29.
On The Top meanwhile is ‘7x8’ at present but rest assured, the son of Your Song infinitely better than that and he’ll prove so.
Les Bridge – trainer of 1987 Melbourne Cup winner, Kensei, was to the fore last Tuesday with a couple of nice horses in SEASONS and the unraced three-year- old gelding GO FOR GOLD.
Seasons was a two length second in the heat won by the aforementioned Flemington hopeful Chabreet and it was a ripping good trial on her part.
As for Go For Gold, kudos to him given that he was able to win this, his first trial and boy did he do it the hard way.
Back and wide throughout, once balanced up in the straight he really got his head on and finished over the top to win by a nose but in truth was more impressive than some horses that win by four or five lengths.
There was no better bred horse at these heats, or for most heats you can name actually, than EXHILARATES.
She is one of those rare Godolphin yearling sale buys, in her case, it was $ 600,000 at the Magic Millions.
She is the first foal of the Blue Diamond winner and Golden Slipper runner-up Samaready and is also a daughter of Snitzel.
Exhilarates ran second to CRYSTAL FALLS in her heat but was fantastic everything she did.
The winner by the way is a John Sargent trained filly (first trial) Medaglia D’oro and half to Elite Falls who like Samaready is a More Than Ready Golden Slipper placegetter.
Redzel looks primed for the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic at Flemington.