REDdy for take-off

The Sportsman Weekend - - Front Page - SHAYNE O’CASS

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.

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