REDdy for take-off
INAUGURAL Everest winner Redzel begins his ascent for a second scale of the world’s richest turf race when he resumes in tomorrow’s Group 3 ATC Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Royal Randwick.
This was the same race that Redzel a brilliant winner of just two starts prior to his victory in the $10m Everest in 2017.
The mail is the horse is going as well as he was prior to his easy win in last year’s Concorde suggesting that he is ready to fly!
REDZEL’S defence of The TAB Everest starts tomorrow in the Concorde Stakes at Randwick – base camp for the Triple Crown superstar – with just 43 days until the world’s richest turf race arrives.
It was this time 12 months ago in this same race that Redzel’s Everest credentials started to become apparent.
The Snowden Racing trained gelding ran his 2017 Concorde rivals off their legs winning by an emphatic 2-len in an overall time of 56.23s with a sub 33 second last 600m.
A similarly easy win in the Shorts preceeded his ascent of the Everest taking home close to $6m for his troubles.
Fast forward to 2018 and Redzel is geared up repeat his 2017 hat-trick, starting with tomorrow’s Concorde Stakes.
The son of Snitzel and Golden Slipper placegetter Millrich is a year older but for all intents and purposes is a virtual carbon copy of 12 months ago.
“Just talking to Peter and Paul Snowden and also Kerrin McEvoy and just asking them how they feel he’s returned, they couldn’t be happier with him.
He’s certainly travelling along at least as well as last preparation, if not hopefully making a few improvements as well,” Triple Crown Syndications cofounder Chris Ward said.
Redzel was out of this world impressive, even by his lofty standards, when beating a field laden with Group 1 horses in 1000m trial at Randwick on August 20.
“We were particularly pleased to see him return well like that, just applying the blinkers makes a big difference to him, because he is very casual, relaxed customer,” Ward said.
‘His first trial was just a pipe opener and his second trial, with the blinkers on, he was allowed to stride out a bit more and showed that he has returned really well.”
Redzel seems like he has been with us forever but is only a six-year-old with 25 starts under the belt, 12 of which are wins.
“He is not a horse that we overraced and he appreciates having his runs spaced bit so have always taken him along that way and I think he’s still got longevity in after this season as well,” said Ward.
“To think that you could win one (Everest) was amazing but to be there contesting a second, being the defending champ and most importantly going into it in great order is particularly exciting.”
Redzel’s biggest threat in tomorrow’s Concorde may well come from the Tulloch Lodge mare Invincible Star, who is also confirmed as an Everest runner.
“I think she is a really talented horse,” Ward said.
“Obviously has got a nice weight advantage on us this weekend but Redzel is champion racehorse, he deserves that weight.
“This is her opportunity and it will be interesting to so see how she measures up against Redzel.”
Redzel, with brothers Michael (left) and Chris Ward of Triple Crown Syndications, resumes at Randwick tomorrow before defending his Everest title.