The Sportsman Weekend - - The Trackwork Winners -

TAB have opened de­fend­ing cham­pion Redzel as $8 favourite for the 2018 TAB Ever­est, to be run on Oc­to­ber 13 and will be worth a stag­ger­ing $13 mil­lion.

The five-year-old has won six straight races which not only in­clude the in­au­gu­ral run­ning of The Ever­est but also the Group 1 Dar­ley Clas­sic and Group 1 Doomben 10,000. It’s been a steady rise to the top of Aus­tralia’s sprint­ing ranks for the Snow­den-trained speed­ster.

“Redzel has zoomed to the top of the tree in re­gards to sprint­ers in Aus­tralia over last few months. I can’t re­mem­ber a sprinter with a CV like that for a long while,” said TAB’s Glen Mun­sie.

Chau­tauqua finds him­self on the sec­ond line of bet­ting at $11 with Vega Magic while Me­nari, Mer­chant Navy and Winx are all at $15.

“Of course you only have to men­tion The T J Smith and Chau­tauqua jumps out at you hav­ing won the last three run­nings which is a phe­nom­e­nal ef­fort in it­self. His Spring cam­paign went with­out a win but he has made the Au­tumn his own in the past,” Mun­sie said.

“You can only hope we can recre­ate this year’s TAB Ever­est when think­ing for­ward to 2018 and re­ally why can’t we.”

The mar­ket, which was opened on Mon­day, has al­ready at­tracted in­ter­est from pun­ters who are look­ing out­side of the ob­vi­ous early.

“The bet­ting in this race has been very sim­i­lar to the TJ Smith (which also opened on Mon­day) with most of the early money fo­cus­ing She Will Reign ($26) and Vid­dora ($51),” TAB’s An­drew Ge­or­giou said.

“Vid­dora was one of the first horses backed when the mar­ket opened yes­ter­day. Redzel has also seen sup­port as our $8 favourite.”

$8 Redzel

$11 Chau­tauqua, Vega Magic

$15 Me­nari, Mer­chant Navy, Winx

$26 Brave Smash, Clearly In­no­cent, English, In Her Time, In­vin­ci­ble Star, She Will Reign

$51 De­ploy, Hey Doc, Houtzen, Im­pend­ing, Na­ture Strip, Per­former, Red­kirk War­rior, Ter­rav­ista, Trapeze Artist, Tulip, Vid­dora

$101 Ball of Mus­cle, Fell Swoop, For­mal­ity, Mala­guerra, Rock Magic, Shei­del, Spi­eth

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