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Redzel and Winx face off for second barrier trial

TWO weeks after finishing sixth and seventh in a Barrier trial at Rosehill Gardens, the world’s highest rated horse on turf and the world’s best sprinter will square off once again for a trial over 1000m, as Redzel and Winx gear up for a first start of 2018 on February 17.

The trial possesses talent in abundance, including Group 1 winners Alizee, Egg Tart and English, making it yet another star studded trial at the West Sydney track.

Redzel has been progressing well since that earlier barrier trial on January 22 over 900m, and trainer Peter Snowden is happy with The Everest winner, as he gears up for a run in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes at Flemington, where a win will see him overtake the great mare as Australia’s highest earning sprinter in history.

“Redzel has come through the first trial well,” said Snowden. “We gave him a quiet time there but he’s since worked really well and is good order. We’ll give him more of a click up this trial to bring him on a bit. That will put him in good stead for the Lightning.

The trial will also see Redzel reunited with regular jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who received the all clear from the doctor to return to riding after suffering a broken hand.

“Kerrin rode work on him this week and will be in the saddle on Monday, which is a huge bonus for us,” added Snowden.

Also trialing on Monday is Brave Song, who recorded back-to-back wins last preparation before being put away for an Autumn carnival campaign.

A knack for spotting stallion talent

Chris & Michael Ward’s Triple Crown Syndications have a knack for spotting stallion talent early.

They did it with Snitzel, buying Hot Snitzel in 2010, Flying Snitzel a year later & Redzel in 2014. The rewards for their owners have been spectacular: almost $9.5 million prizemoney and 22 wins, 13 of them at Group level, including three Group 1 victories and, with Redzel still racing, surely more to come.

They have taken a similar approach to Smart Missile, backing up their first-crop purchase of 2YO stakes-placed city winner Jericho with city winner Smartedge and stakes-placed winner Island Missile, all still in training with Peter & Paul Snowden.

In 2017, they bought a $40,000 Inglis Classic filly from Davali Thoroughbreds that may turn out to be their best Smart Missile buy. Named Ballistica, she has made a big impression with two trial wins, at Rosehill on 22 January and today at Gosford, where she defeated another Smart Missile filly, Elenara. Both fillies are trained by Bjorn Baker.

Smart Missile, who leads the current Third Season Sires’ list, has a strong line-up of 35 yearlings in the Inglis Classic Sale including five colts & a filly in Arrowfield’s draft.

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Ballistica bursts clear for second trial win

SHE caught the eye when showing an electric turn of foot to win a trial at Rosehill on Monday January 22, and two-year-old filly Ballistica was arguably even more impressive here at Gosford on Wednesday when comfortably running away from a talented trial field in a matter of strides.

The Bjorn Baker-trained filly jumped cleanly and travelled behind the speed under Jason Collett, before exploiting a split 100m out to ruthlessly win the trial by one and a half lengths.

By the Champion First-Season Sire and now leading Third-Season Sire Smart Missile, Ballistica is out of New Zealand mare Sagrada, the half-sister to Stakes winner Lucha Libre and from the family of Group 1 winner Ensign Ewart.

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Redzel out to pass Caviar in race named after the champion mare

REDZEL will next month try to stretch his winning ­sequence to seven and become Australia’s highest-earning sprinter.

Redzel, who hasn’t raced since the Darley Classic at Flemington on November 11, will return to that track for the $750,000 Black Caviar Lightning on February 17.

If Redzel wins that race, he will be Australia’s greatest sprinter in terms of prizemoney won.

The five-year-old has won $7,797,750, and only the great Black Caviar ($7,953,936) is in front of him.

Redzel’s prizemoney was boosted considerably by the $5.8 million he won in The ­Everest at Randwick last October.

The gelding began his winning streak last April in the Hall Mark Stakes at Rosehill and he followed up in the Doomben 10,000 in May.

In the spring he had three wins at Randwick, culminating in The Everest, before saluting again in the Darley Classic.

Redzel trialled over 900m at Rosehill last Monday, when he glided around for seventh, just behind sixth-placed Winx.

“He’s as good as gold. He’ll have a further trial at Rosehill on February 5,” co-trainer Peter Snowden said.

After the 1000m Lightning, Snowden said Redzel could run in the $500,000 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley on March 23 and $2.5 million T.J. Smith Stakes at Randwick on April 7, both over 1200m.

Snowden said Redzel would then follow the same path as last year and be aimed at the Doomben 10,000, Everest and Darley Classic, all Group 1s.

Stablemate Russian Revolution, winner of six of his 10 starts, will resume in the 1100m Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield on February 24.

Russian Revolution will trial at Rosehill today and may also trial in Melbourne before his first-up run.

“He’s had a good, long, steady build-up,’’ Snowden said.

“The Oakleigh Plate is a nice race for him as he goes well first-up and it’s a handicap, which will also suit him.”

Words: Michael Manley

Photo: Bradley Photographers

Emperor marches to third win of preparation

EMPEROR’S WAY is gathering an envious record in the staying division as he marched to a second consecutive victory, and third of the preparation as he propelled himself from the rear of the field on the turn for home to get up by a head from Get On The Grange.

Glyn Schofield, who retained the ride on the four-year-old after steering him to success at Randwick on January 13, settled Emperor’s Way in the last pairing after jumping from Barrier 8 but showed a cool head to bring his mount into open air entering the straight, with Emperor’s Way showing real desire to reel in the leader at the death.

The son of Roman Emperor has made a dramatic rise through the staying ranks since winning a Class 1 event at Gosford on December 7, and co-trainer Paul Snowden believes there could be even bigger things to come from the $55,000 Inglis Classic purchase, who now has career earnings of almost $185,000.

“What an effort!” Said Snowden. “It certainly wasn’t our intention to be that far back but he had the horse to do it and he’s really reaching his full potential this preparation with a fantastic record since he started back.

“There’s every indication he’s going to run a little bit further in time. I thought Glyn rode him extremely well having known the horse from winning previously and certainly saved him up for the last three or four strides and you can see him really extend and was just determined to get over the line first.

“There are exciting times ahead. He’s in terrific order and I can’t see why he can’t go on with things. Who knows where we might end up.”

Photo: Bradley Photographers

Invincible Lad begins Blue Diamond path

I AM INVINCIBLE juvenile Invincible Lad will take on the Blue Diamond Preview at Caulfield on Saturday, with a view to targeting Melbourne’s most prestigious prize for two-year-old’s, the $1.5 Million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes on February 24.

The colt has had one start to date, in the Listed Breeders’ Plate at Randwick on September 30, and recently caught the eye with a trial win at Werribee on January 15.

Up against seven rivals on Saturday, Invincible Lad will jump from barrier 3 with Mark Zahra in the saddle for the Listed grade race over 1000m.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden, who oversaw that trial at Werribee, is delighted with his progress to date.

“I’ve been really happy with his work since his trial at Werribee,” said Snowden. “He’s done everything right and we’re there to have a go.

“This looks a nice for him. I’m happy with the horse and he’s always shown a bit of promise. Hopefully if he can demonstrate that on the racetrack on Saturday he’ll be in with a good chance.”

Redzel ‘right on track’ after trial return

ALL eyes were on the Rosehill Barrier Trials this morning as The Everest winner Redzel returned and went up against superstar mare Winx in a star-studded trial that also featured Victorian Derby winner Ace High and Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist.

In what was a quiet first hit out of the preparation for the dual Group 1 winner, Redzel jumped with his usual zest and led the field up deep into the 900m trial, before being guided to the line under a hold from Josh Parr to finish in seventh, 2.7 lengths from the winner Trapeze Artist and a half-length off Winx who was given an equally easy time to finish sixth.

The field boasted combined career earnings of over $28 Million, as the stars of the Autumn Carnival start to see their preparations take shape.

Co-trainer Paul Snowden says Redzel has done everything right since returning to work, and will have one further trial before taking on the Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington on February 17.

“Redzel was good today,” said Paul Snowden. “Today wasn’t about breaking any records, it’s about just getting him back to the races.

“This was his first trial back and he’ll trial again on February 5. Josh [Par] was under instructions to not let him go, which he never did. He’s had a good day, a good sweat and we’re going to get everything that we wanted out of today.

“There’s no doubt he’s going to step it up in the lead up to the February 17 [The Lightning Stakes].”

Jockey Josh Parr was delighted with the feel the leading son of Snitzel gave him.

“He was really good,” said Parr. “He showed nice speed and good intensity to lead. He traveled nicely on the bit and I didn’t let him go from there.

“I’m really pleased with how he feels and he’ll take benefit from that trial. He’s right on track.”

Redzel meets Winx in high class barrier trial

THE EVEREST winner takes on the wondermare and three-time Cox Plate winner, in a jaw dropping trial that also features Victorian Derby winner Ace High and Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist at Rosehill Gardens on Monday morning.

Redzel, unbeaten in his last six starts including the Group 1 pair of the Doomben 10,000 and Darley Classic, is gearing up for a preparation that will target the $2.5 Million TJ Smith Stakes in April, and will kick off on February 17 in Melbourne for the Group 1 Lightning Stakes over 1000m.

The racing superstars, who have won a combined total of $23,425,675 in their illustrious careers to date, will be locking horns in Heat 1 on the programme scheduled to commence at 8.15am, however Triple Crown’s five-year-old son of Snitzel will be given a soft barrier trial, with Peter Snowden delighted with the condition of the horse.

“Redzel has come back into work great and is ticking over nicely,” said Snowden. “Monday’s trial will be the first of two trials before the Lightning.

“He’ll be given a soft trial on Monday as we get him back up to speed before a harder hit out early February. It’s exciting to have him back in the stable as he was a real star last year and if anything he seems to have come back better than ever.

“There’ll obviously be a lot of attention on the trial but we’re out to do our own thing on Monday as we get closer to a return to the racetrack.”

Photo: Bradley Photographers

Island Missile seeks Gosford Guineas glory

PROMISING three-year-old Island Missile steps up to Stakes grade for the Gosford Guineas over 1200m for the Central Coast track’s premier raceday.

The son of Smart Missile finished a close up second on his last start behind highly regarded filly Aqua D’Ivina, and steps back in trip here from that 1400m BenchMark 76 Handicap at Randwick on January 6.

Hugh Bowman takes the ride with Island Missile jumping from the outside barrier of eight.

Third up for the preparation, co-trainer Peter Snowden thinks the two-time winner is ready to peak for the Listed Grade race.

“It’s not a big field and it looks a good race for him,” said Snowden. “We’ll need a little bit of luck from the awkward draw but he’s one that will be doing his best work late.

“He’s been going very well since his last run and looks to have taken improvement from it. He’s going there in very good order.”

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