COURTZA KING produced one of those spectacular displays we all know he’s capable of on Saturday as he toyed with his rivals before ruthlessly disposing of them in the 1200m BenchMark 75 Handicap on the Sunshine Coast.
After settling on the rail in midfield, the son of Northern Meteor travelled sweetly before peeling off the back of horses and exploding at the two furlong pole to deliver a comfortable one and three quarter length success.
The win was one of four for Triple Crown’s Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan, who has been in scintillating form this season.
Gollan said: “It was a phenomenal effort from the horse and he’s put them away easy in the end.
“Jim gave him an excellent ride and the horse was just too good. He’s got a great turn in foot and the horse was just too classy for this grade.”
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REDZEL’s Group 1 winning season has seen him nominated for the accolade of Australian Champion Sprinter of the Year.
The now five-year-old joins a shortlist of five horses for the award, with Black Heart Bart, Le Romain, Malaguerra and Chautauqua also nominated.
The winner will be announced in at the Australian Racehorse of the Year ceremony in Brisbane on Sunday, October 8.
Redzel has been arguably the most consistent sprinter over the last 18 months, finishing in the top two in 12 of his last 14 outings, boasting eight wins, including Group 1 success in the Doomben 10,000 in May, and earning over $1 Million in the process.
That form has seen him emerge as a leading contender for the world’s riches race on turf – The Everest – to be showcased on at Royal Randwick on October 14.
The nomination is yet another indication of his growing reputation as one of the country’s leading sprinters, and we wish his owners good luck on awards night!
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TRIPLE CROWN are set to have their first two-year-old of 2017 take the track as Invincible Lad impressed in his latest piece of trackwork, paving the way for a tilt at the Listed Breeders’ Plate at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
The colt by I Am Invincible is out of Stakes winning mare Magdalena (Snaadee) and was purchased for $80,000 as the very first lot sold through the Gold Riband session at the Inglis Classic Sale this year.
Previous winners of the Breeders’ Plate include the likes of Golden Slipper winners Capitalist, Vancouver and Pierro as well as established stallions Sebring, Smart Missile and Snitzel.
The two-year-old is a full brother to Gimcrack runner up Tetsuko and is bred on the same cross as Group 1 winning sprinter Brazen Beau.
Invincible Lad trialed in the official 2YO trials at Canterbury on September 18, finishing second, one and a quarter lengths behind Hiemel, and trainer Peter Snowden has been impressed with his work since.
“He trialed very well and has come through that excellently,” said Snowden. “He worked very well in his gallop on Tuesday and he’ll definitely be heading for the Breeders [Plate] on Saturday.
“He’s developed superbly since I first had him in the stable, both physically and mentally, and his temperament has always been very good.
“He goes there with every chance on Saturday.”
GROUP 2 winner Charlie Boy made an emphatic return to the winners’ enclosure at Ipswich on Saturday as the now seven-year-old proved he’s lost none of his appetite for racing when surging from last to first in the City Of Ipswich Spring Sprinters Cup Open Handicap over 1350m.
Since being under the care of Gollan at his Brisbane stable Charlie Boy had returned two runner-up performances from four runs, but overturned the form against several of his rivals at Ipswich to take a first victory since taking the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup in February last year.
After settling in the final pair Charlie Boy took advantage of the strong early pace to pounce over the top of the field and beat stablemate Frespanol by a length under Tiffani Brooker.
The win takes the son of Myboycharlie’s total prizemoney earnings to just shy of $900,000.
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“I really do believe we have a very strong chance”
That was Triple Crown director Michael Ward’s assessment as he discussed Redzel’s quest for glory in the $10,000,000 feature race alongside slot holder James Harron on Sky Racing’s Trek To The Everest programme.
“It’s unbelievable. You have to pinch yourself,” added Ward. “We’re talking about a horse with Redzel who we’ve been fortunate to have something to do with and has been very successful in amassing $1.4 Million in prize-money, but, three weeks away, that could become $7.2 Million.”
James Harron likewise expressed his delight at being able to secure the son of Snitzel for the richest race on turf: “We’ve been watching him really closely,” said Harron. “He’s a horse we have huge respect for and has been improving the whole time.
“We have a great connection with the stable and knowing how Peter and Paul train their horses, to see him come out like he did first up this preparation was absolutely outstanding. You know there’s improvement there and they’re on the perfect path. We’re delighted to be involved with him.”
Redzel opened has shortened into a $6 price after winning the Group 2 The Shorts on Saturday, a race which has been dubbed a “mini-Everest” with Redzel defeating three other slot holders, including favourite Chautauqua, English and Fell Swoop.
A full replay from Tuesday’s episode can be watched by clicking here. The feature begins 16 minutes 30 seconds into the programme.
By Ray Hickson
Triple Crown director Chris Ward says securing a slot in the Everest with star sprinter Redzel is a ‘’dream come true’’ for everyone associated with the horse.
Redzel was announced on Tuesday night as the sixth confirmed starter in the world’s richest race on turf, the $10m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 14, after a deal was struck with slot holder James Harron.
Ward said Triple Crown negotiated with four slot holders in the past week before settling on a deal with Harron that will see Redzel contest Saturday’s Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick then go straight into The Everest.
“That was at the forefront of negotiations with the various slot holders,’’ Ward said.
“We wanted to give him that preparation, if you go back through his form he’s been lethal off a four week break.
“Getting a slot now gives is that certainty so we can take that path and have a red hot crack at it.’’
More than 20 people share in the ownership of Redzel and it’s an eclectic bunch including police officers, taxi drivers, school teachers, electrician, doctor, and even ex-NSW Sheffield Shield cricket winning coach John Medland.
Pandemonium broke out trackside when Redzel won the $150,000 Concorde so just imagine what could happen if he claims the $5.8 million first prize.
“They are an excited bunch, they certainly get involved and make the most of it,’’ Ward said.
“It really is a dream come true. They’ll certainly know we’re there and the beauty of Redzel is he’ll give us something to cheer about.’’
Redzel joins Chautauqua, English, Fell Swoop, Houtzen and She Will Reign in the Everest field and more confirmations are expected after this weekend’s racing.
Ward said Redzel, a $120,000 yearling purchase, has really emerged as a serious sprinter in 2017 under the care of Peter and Paul Snowden and is rapt that Triple Crown is a part of the inaugural Everest running.
“When Peter V’landys first announced the Everest race and concept I remember thinking ‘gee we’ve got to be a part of this’ and thinking of the horses we had,’’ he said.
“I earmarked Redzel as a potential candidate and it was just down to hoping he went in the right direction.
“It’s a completely new concept and one that’s captured everyone’s imagination and it’s amazing how quickly things can change.
“This game is known for having its twists and turns and this is an exciting one.
“The last 12 months he’s just got better and better. Peter and Paul told us early in the prep he was about 40-50kg bigger and stronger and they’d never seen him looking better.’’
Redzel has steadily climbed the sprinting ranks this year with close seconds to English and Russian Revolution in the Sydney autumn before winning the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes and his first Group 1 in the Doomben 10,000.
The five-year-old really announced himself as an Everest contender with his slick first-up win in the Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on September 2.
His performance in The Shorts this weekend could see him press Chautauqua for favouritism but Ward said it’s the result on October 14 that matters.
“It’s going to be a very interesting race with the likes of Chautauqua, English and Fell Swoop,’’ he said.
“Everyone will be going in there keen to win it but at the end of the day the grand final is the Everest and everyone has an eye on that.”
TRIPLE CROWN’S Group 1-winning sprinter Redzel is among a shortlist of five horses that will be considered for the Australian Turf Club’s slot in the first running of the $10,000,000 The Everest on October 14, after ATC CEO Darren Pearce made the announcement this morning to Andrew Bensley’s Racing HQ program.
The flying son of Snitzel was hugely impressive in taking the Group 3 Concorde Stakes at Royal Randwick on Saturday, giving weight and a two length beating to the field, a performance which has attracted the attention of the ATC during their selection process.
This list of five was narrowed down from a total of 24 applications for the slot, and Darren Pearce said negotiations will continue with all five of these horses over the coming weeks.
“It’s been a really great process for ATC we opened up interest to trainers both here and overseas we were delighted to have 24 horses apply for the slot,” he said. “Yesterday we had an ATC board meeting to reduce that number down to five.
“Those five horses are Brave Smash, Clearly innocent, Global Glamour, Le Romain and Redzel.
“We wanted to personally thank all those who applied. We were honoured to receive those applications.
“The final list shuffled around as we worked through the form and now we have a more difficult task in reducing that list of five down to one.
“Negotiations will be ongoing with those five over the next weeks and they all bring together different form lines.”
On Redzel Pearce added that the five-year-old is getting better with every run, and the board were impressed by his victory in Saturday’s Concorde Stakes.
“Redzel is going from strength from strength,” he added. “He won the Doomben 10,000 and it was a great win here on Saturday.
“They’re all tough, proven gallopers and we’ll be watching them closely. We will work with all the connections over the coming days to work through their interests and talk through their program.
“It will be a balance for the ATC to get the right horse in the race. We want to get the best promotional arrangement that will shout out for The Everest.”
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