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Redzel set to stay in Sydney ahead of TJ target

CHAMPION SPRINTER Redzel looks set stay in Sydney for his next start as he targets the Group 1 Galaxy Handicap at Rosehill on Golden Slipper Day.

The two-time Everest winner was a bob-of-the-head second on his return in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes a fortnight ago, and after being allocated 59.5kg for the 1100m Group 1 event, the likely destination for the six-year-old will be to head to Rosehill on Saturday, subject to the barrier draw, instead of travelling to Melbourne for the Group 1 William Reid at Moonee Valley on Friday evening.

Redzel’s preparation has been centred around a second tilt at the $1.5 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes on April 6 at Randwick, a race he finished a brave 2nd in 12 months ago. And co-trainer Peter Snowden sites this in his reasoning behind keeping the leading son of Snitzel in his home city.

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“I want to stay here really, so more than likely he’ll run in the Galaxy unless he draws 18 of 18,” said Snowden to Racing.com. “He’ll have 59.5kg so he’ll have a fair bit of weight. But I am just looking at the next start – The TJ Smith – that’s the important race.

“It’s all about getting it right for the following race and this looks the best path to get him there in the best order.

Redzel carried 54.5kg when runner-up in the race to Russian Revolution in 2017, but Snowden is not worried by the weight the horse will carry.

“If you don’t have to do it, you don’t have to do it. Although the Moonee Valley race is very tempting because it’s at weight-for-age and he’s much better off than he is here under handicap conditions, but it just saves that float trip.

“It’s 20 hours on the float, then he’s got to back up two weeks later so you probably just don’t need to do it.

“He carries weight very good. He’s carried that every start for the last three years. It’s not going to worry him but if you are going to give a lot weight away, on testing ground, it could be tough. That’s Handicap racing.”

 

Peter Snowden changes tack with Moss Trip after solid return

MOSS TRIP’S lovely return from a long spell has forced Team Snowden to change her autumn plans and head to Saturday’s Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens.

The Mossman four-year-old ran a super race behind White Moss last month in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) and Peter Snowden and son Paul immediately decided to give her a crack at the highest level.

“It hasn’t been an ideal preparation,” Peter Snowden said. “She came back pretty late and I wasn’t keen to go to the Coolmore but I was so impressed with her run in the Millie Fox.

“To get to the Coolmore, though, I knew she needed a bit more work, so I gave her a nice solid trial (March 7) and she came on really well from that and it might be enough to get her to this race.”

Moss Trip will line up in the Coolmore Classic. Picture: Getty Images

Tommy Berry rides her for the first time in a race after trialling her last week over 1200m.

Moss Trip really came of age this time last year when she won the Inglis 3YO Guineas at Scone’s carnival.

Before that she ran a close fifth behind Shoals in the Group 1 Surround Stakes. She will have to at her best to win on Saturday with a very strong, and likely capacity, field of mares taking part in a race that’s always tight.

“She’s such a tough filly and only has to carry 52kg so with that sort of weight on her back, she’s got a hope,” Snowden said. “She’s come back a lot stronger and the trip away last preparation really seasoned her so don’t be surprised to see her run well.

“It’s going to be a great race and she’s certainly not out of it.”

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Dothraki in Group 1 challenge and Redzel returns in four-pronged Stakes attack

TRIPLE CROWN stalwart Dothraki heads a four-pronged Triple Crown Stakes attack this weekend as he returns to Group 1 company for the first time in three years when taking on the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington.

In Sydney, the Red silks have three Stakes challengers, as Everest Champion Redzel returns in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes, while 2YO filly Belitsa has her Slipper credentials tested in the Reisling Stakes, and Emperor’s Way could be set for the Randwick City Cup.

Dothraki, now at the evergreen age of eight, last took on a race at the top level during a Group 1 campaign which culminated in a fifth-place finish in the Doomben 10,000 in May 2016, after missing out by a head to Malaguerra in the BTC Cup a fortnight earlier.

Yet he returns here in arguably the best form of his career, securing a maiden Group 2 success down the straight at Flemington in the Bobbie Lewis in September last year, and arrives here off the back of Stakes placed efforts at Group 2 and 3 level, and a third-placing in the Magic Millions Sprint in January.

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The leading son of Mossman has earned over $1.6 million in prizemoney since his purchase from the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling June Sale for $45,000 in 2012.

Dothraki led from the front when just gunned down by Eckstein in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes on February 16, and co-trainer Peter Snowden is delighted with how the veteran campaigner is progressing heading into Saturday’s Group 1 feature.

“He continues to work excellent and is in great order heading towards Saturday,” said Snowden. “It’s a track he really likes and he’s going down there as good as he can be.

“He’s had an excellent preparation so far, running very consistently and thoroughly deserves his chance at this level and he’ll be very competitive once more no doubt.”

REDZEL makes his return to the racetrack on Saturday when taking on the Challenge Stakes at Royal Randwick, a race he won in track-record time 12 months ago, and trainer Peter Snowden is confident he can repeat the feat once more.

The dual Everest winner is targeting the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes on April 6 as his major prize this campaign, and had an extended break in the paddock, bypassing the Lightning Stakes in favour of returning here over 1000m for the Group 2 contest.

The leading son of Snitzel hunted down Jungle Edge and Super Two to claim this contest last year, blazing the turf to win in track record time, adding to his track record over the 1100m at Randwick achieved in The Shorts.

He takes on another small but select field on Saturday, with Redzel moving into Barrier 4 in the 6-runner contest following the scratching of Jonker.

Redzel cruised to a four-length trial victory at Canterbury on February 25, and co-trainer Peter Snowden says there’ll be improvement to come from the six-year-old as he heads into a second-up run that will either be in the Group 1 Galaxy Handicap or Group 1 William Reid.

“Redzel is working really well ahead of the Challenge Stakes on Saturday,” said Snowden. “It’s only a small field but it’s a select field.

“He’s come through his trial well and while there’s room for improvement coming out of Saturday, I’m more than confident he’ll run really well.

“If there’s a bit of rain around that certainly won’t hurt him, but I’m looking forward to him returning on Saturday.”

CANTERBURY winner Belitsa is deserving of her chance in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes at Randwick on Saturday, says trainer Peter Snowden, as she has her credentials tested with the Golden Slipper just a fortnight away.

The two-year-old daughter of Rubick scored second-up at Canterbury on February 22 when toughing out an all-the-way success, and Snowden says that steely temperament will take her a long way.

“Belitsa worked strongly this morning and I’m happy with her heading into Saturday,” said Snowden. “It’s a strong race but they all are this time of year and there’s no escaping it.

“She deserves this crack at a nice race and she gets her chance on Saturday. The barrier draw helps her cause but she’s just such an honest filly and that will take her a long way.

“She’s come on again since her win at Canterbury and I think we can expect her to run a nice race in what’s tough company.”

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Reaction: Redzel runs rivals ragged in trial rout

REDZEL tore away at the Canterbury trials on Monday morning in a blistering display of speed in Heat 4, where he defeated the Group 1 placed Godolphin charge Viridine by a four-length margin.

The dual Everest title holder and Champion Sprinter makes his return in Saturday week’s Group 2 Challenge Stakes, a race he won in track-record time in 2018 over the 1000m at Randwick.

This was the second of two trials for the two-time Group 1 winner, who will target victory in the prestigious Group 1 TJ Smith during an autumn preparation that will likely see him return in an attempt to reclaim his Group 1 Doomben 10,000 crown.

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Co-trainer Peter Snowden was happy with where his star sprinter is at, with 11 days until the Challenge Stakes, and six weeks before the TJ Smith showdown.

“That was a good trial today,” said Snowden. “We just asked that bit more of him and he gave plenty.

“He was full of zest, he bounced and jumped well and travelled nicely within himself. Kerrin asked him for that effort and he stretched away so a very satisfactory piece of work.

“He’s in good order, I’m happy with where he’s at and he’ll be ready for two weeks’ time.”

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy echoed the trainer’s sentiments.

“I was really pleased with that,” said the Melbourne Cup and Everest winning jockey. “He was very relaxed today but he got out and the further the trial went on the better he got.

“He switched on and felt very nice when just asked to quicken up today, doing his best work inside the last furlong. I’m really looking forward to getting on him again for the Challenge.”

 

 

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Belitsa sends her owners ballistic with all the way win

TWO-YEAR-OLD filly Belitsa sent her owners into raptures as she captured the Summer Nights Racing Handicap in the opener at Canterbury on Friday night.

Springing the gates from barrier 9, jockey Tommy Berry took Belitsa to the front of proceedings and dictated from the front in the 1200m contest, showing her steely toughness to hold off all-comers to win by a quarter of a length.

After an encouraging debut second at Gosford on January 30, that form was subsequently franked by the winner, who took second in the Pierro Plate at Randwick last Saturday, and Belitsa showed she had good ability here with a fine win.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden praised her mental toughness as took the $22,000 winners cheque.

“That’s a great result,” said Snowden. “She tried very hard and showed good mental toughness doing it the hard way from the front.

“That toughness will take her a long way, but she’s shown she’s got good ability here and we’ll see where that takes her.”

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Moss Trip poised for Group 2 return

GROUP 3 winning mare Moss Trip makes her eagerly anticipated return to the track on Saturday as she takes on the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill.

Moss Trip, the highest prizemoney earner for her sire Mossman in the 2017/18 season, returns after a fruitful preparation in which she she claimed the Group 3 James Carr Stakes at Randwick, and blew the field away in the valuable Inglis Scone Guineas before a third placing in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes in Brisbane.

The four-year-old geared up for this assignment with an eye-catching trial win at Rosehill on February 11, and faces a strong field of 11 rivals including recent Breeders Classic winner Champagne Cuddles.

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Peter Snowden has been pleased with her progress since being back in work, and is looking forward to a good run on Saturday.

“She’s returned really well and I’ve been pleased with everything that she’s done,” said Snowden. “She’ll take race fitness from the run tomorrow and whatever she does she’ll improve off it but she’ll be very competitive.

“She’s got a nice draw and the wet track won’t hurt her chances. She’s up against a lot of good horses tomorrow but her trial was really good. She’ll be competitive tomorrow but will improve for the run.”

Elsewhere this weekend, and exciting 2YO filly Belitsa makes just her second start at Canterbury on Friday evening, while the rain will hinge on whether Emperor’s Way takes his chance in the Listed Parramatta Cup at Rosehill on Saturday.

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