Inaugural champions Redzel & Peggy Jean are racing history makers
REDZEL returns to the scene of his historic win in The Everest tomorrow, as he bids for victory in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes over 1000m. The five-year-old takes his place in history alongside Peggy Jean, who won the Sires’ Produce during the inaugural running of The Championships
SYDNEY racing has undergone some pioneering changes over the last four years. First, the implementation of The Championships in 2014 provided a pinnacle for racing in the state in a revamped Autumn Carnival, and this year saw the lucrative first running of The Everest in October, worth $10 Million, the pinnacle of the sprinting division the world over.
Racing in Sydney has never been so strong. So for Triple Crown to win the first running of both of these races is a remarkable and historical achievement.
The beautiful Peggy Jean, majestic in full flight as she flashed home to take the Sires’ Produce in 2014, the Championship 2YO race, was matched in endeavour, spirit and toughness by Redzel’s phenomenal victory in The Everest, the world’s richest race on turf.
Peggy Jean, a $46,000 purchase, won the Inglis Classic race before her Championships success, and was later sold for $1 Million as a broodmare, earning her connections a total of almost $2 Million.
Following his triumph in The Everest, Redzel rocketed into the top ten prizemoney earners in Australian Racing history and, after his stunning sixth successive victory in the Group 1 Darley Classic on November 11, the $120,000 Magic Millions purchase has earned just shy of $8 Million for connections in what has been a fairytale run for the orphan foal and his owners.
Peggy Jean and Redzel take their place alongside Hot Snitzel as two of three Group 1 winners for Triple Crown, with The Red silks having been delivered to an astonishing 24 Group-race wins since 2010!
And for all the riches that these tremendous triumphs provide, it’s the memories of those sensational moments that are valued most both here at Triple Crown and our fantastic group of owners!
Photo: Bradley Photographers