Byrne claims elusive Group 1 as Redzel adds to Snowden bounty
TRAINER Peter Snowden and jockey Jim Byrne’s attention to detail paid off for Redzel when the gelding scored an all-the-way win in the 1200m Group 1.
Redzel ($9) went straight to the lead and ran the field off their feet to score by a half-length from Counterattack ($10) with a neck to Derryn ($9) in third. Favourite Russian Revolution ($3.20), a stablemate of Redzel, had every chance before finishing fourth.
It is the third time Snowden has won the 10,000 after Beaded (2011) and Epaulette (2013).
But yesterday, it was the first time he had shared a Doomben 10,000 win with his son, Paul.
“We didn’t think there was much between Redzel and Russian Revolution after they ran the quinella in the Group 1 The Galaxy in the autumn,” Snowden said. “They had both trialled well and they had both done well here.”
Snowden said Redzel would be spelled with a spring carnival campaign planned.
“He has done a good job and has got his deserved Group 1,’’ Snowden said. “He can have a rest.”
Snowden also paid tribute to Byrne’s efforts. “He got Redzel out and made them run his race,’’ he said. “We went through the details about 27,000 times in the lead-up to the race.”
It was the third Group 1 win this season for the Snowdens who have a big team in Brisbane for the winter.
For Byrne, it was his first win in the Doomben 10,000 and his first Group 1 since Riva San claimed the 2008 Queensland Derby.
A beaming Jim Byrne.