Redzel primed to defend Everest title
DEFENDING Everest champion Redzel moved into equal favouritism for tomorrow’s $13m event at Royal Randwick after drawing barrier one on Tuesday night.
Shortly after the draw, Redzel joined Trapeze Artist, Vega Magic and Shoals at the top of betting as $7 chances in race with Santa Ana Lane ($8) on the second line of betting.
Shoals supporters are anticipating rain which really suits her and she did power past Redzel late in the pair’s lead up race, the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) which was won by Santa Ana Lane on September 29.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden wasn’t too concerned before the draw knowing either way, Redzel would be going forward just like he did in the race last year.
“Things won’t change much for us,” Snowden said.
“Drawing one is great but he does have very good gate speed so a bad gate wouldn’t have been the end of the world.”
The rain won’t bother Redzel either.
His record on heavy tracks (6:2-2-1) is superb and Kerrin McEvoy will again team up with the Snitzel six-year-old.
“I’m happy to get some rain because he does excel on wet tracks. He goes as well the wet as on the dry so a soft track will suit him,” Snowden said.
The market says just about any of the 12 horses can win the race.
Outsider Le Romain ($21) is also good value considering he’s a wet tracker too and has already won three Group 1 races, including the Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick.
Snowden knows they’ll be coming from everywhere though to ensure his horse doesn’t defend his title successfully.
“You can’t rule one out. They all belong there,” he said.
could select five and not even pick the winner; it’s that good a field. These aren’t just horses that have been nominated for a race, they’ve been hand-picked and it’s the best of the best.
“Anthony Freedman’s horses (Shoals and Santa Ana Lane) look to be the ones to beat but it’s a tougher race than last year.
“Le Romain is a very good horse who loves the wet and he doesn’t deserve to be the price he is.”
Osborne Bulls was a late inclusion on Tuesday (for the ATC slot) after Home Of The Brave was ruled out of race with an elevated temperature and abnormal blood test results.
Tommy Berry will ride the emerging star who has won eight from 12 starts and a sensational recorded at the distance.
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Redzel is out to repeat his 2017 performance in tomorrow’s Everest.