SUCCESSFUL syndicators Triple Crown will aim to complete a rare Group 1 double at the Brisbane carnival after winning last Saturday’s Doomben 10,000 with Redzel with Gold Symphony being targeted at the Group 1 UBET Stradbroke Handicap.
The son of Snitzel became Triple Crown’s third individual Group 1 winner and joined Dothraki in taking his career earnings beyond $1 million.
“We’ve had some interest in him for The Everest which is an exciting concept. I wouldn’t be surprised he ends up taking part in a race like that.
“Hopefully something will formulate shortly.
“He’s gone out to the paddock and he’ll have a short break before targeting the Spring.”
Words: Chris Scholtz
Photo: Bradley Photographers
IF pictures could spell a thousand words (or maybe 10,000 in this case) then there’s no better example than these great shots from the most memorable of Saturdays in Brisbane! Congratulations to Redzel’s owners – enjoy your success!
Photos are courtesy of Trackside Photography and Darren Winningham.
TRIPLE CROWN’S Redzel batted away all challengers in convincingly winning the revamped Doomben 10,000 to light up the first Group 1 meeting of the Brisbane Carnival and announce himself as a dominant force within Australia’s world-leading sprinting ranks.
The win brought up a 20th Group-race victory since 2010 for Australia’s most successful syndicator – a number double that of the next best syndicator in the country – and in emulating the great Hot Snitzel who won the BTC Cup at this track in 2015, Redzel earned a third Group 1 success for Triple Crown Syndications.
The run was seamless. Trainer Peter Snowden commented how he and jockey Jim Byrne spent an hour trawling through each and every possible eventuality of the race, the true hallmark of a pair of perfectionists, but in reality Plan A was all that was required for the most consistent sprinter of the autumn to deliver a third Group 1 success for Triple Crown.
Jump out and catch me if you can. You know you’re in a race as the owner of Redzel and in going down by a neck to stablemate Russian Revolution in the Group 1 Galaxy Handicap on March 18, he was in the lead of a Group 1 for all but the final strides.
Yet the four-year-old proved too strong on this occasion, at first swatting away the attentions of Upstart Pride who pressed him for the lead and then once the looming challenge of race favourite Russian Revolution was ruthlessly dispatched with, Redzel kept finding more to run out a commanding victor, half a length ahead of Counterattack, who Redzel defeated in the TAB Hall Mark Stakes on April 15, demonstrating the strength in the form of that Group 3.
In taking the lion’s share of the $700,000 prize fund, Redzel’s career earnings have now eclipsed the $1 million mark, adding over $750,000 in this preparation alone.
“The 10,000 is such a time-honoured race so it’s a privilege to win it with a horse that really deserved to,” Snowden said.
“He’s promised so much and it’s taken a while for him to deliver but once he has, he’s delivered in spades so I’m very proud of the horse.
“He’s just kept getting stronger and he’s winning races with authority.
“Jim went through every nook and cranny of the race and we talked about what could and couldn’t happen and it panned out perfectly because he controlled the tempo, rated him nicely and the horse did a good job.”
Redzel was described by one commentator as the most improved sprinter in the country in the aftermath of the win, and in successfully stepping up to 1200m this campaign several doors have now opened up for him.
Earlier this year the Australian Turf Club announced ambitious plans for the world’s richest sprint race to be held on Sydney turf in October through The Everest. With the country’s most improved sprinter – it’s a case of watch this space.
ON a weekend to savour for Triple Crown Syndications and their owners, Rockin’ Red Rocket added to Redzel’s Group 1 success in Queensland with victory at Kembla Grange on Saturday.
Yet the excellent performances did not stop there, as over at Scone Gold Symphony continued his rich run of form with a superb third place finish in the Listed Luskin Star Stakes and Dothraki also placed in the Listed Ortensia Stakes.
Rockin’ Red Rocket has threatened to hit the target in a few runs this preparation, but the penny began to drop on Saturday as he ate up the ground on the leaders to snatch a thrilling victory on the line.
Jockey Koby Jennings rallied well on the three-year-old, who dropped back to 1400m on this start.
A pair of excellent performances at Scone rounded off the weekend action, with stalwart Dothraki running a super third in the Listed Ortensia Stakes off top weight. In adding a further $13,500 to his career prize money, the son of Mossman has now earned over $1.1 million.
A horse showing tremendous levels of improvement is Gold Symphony, who again produced a brave display to finish third in the Listed Luskin Star Stakes carrying top weight and a trip to the Brisbane Carnival could now be on the cards for the leading son of Reward For Effort.
Co-trainer Paul Snowden said: “He’s probably exceeded expectations a little bit here. He was in the right spot and Tye [Angland] gave him a lovely run.
“We’re on track to head north and we get a little bit of rain up there it drags him into anything he goes for.”
Picture: Bradley Photographers
Team Redzel make their way north for another shot at Group One glory following his strong last start win and gallant second to gun 3-year-old Russian Revolution last time he attacked the big stage.
With the Doomben 10,000 being run over 1200m this year it now slots in where most remember the tradition BTC Cup won by none other than Triple Crown’s very own Hot Snitzel in 2015.
The exhilarating red rocket known as Redzel knows only way one – Lead at all costs – and following his all the way victory in the Group 3 Tab Hallmark Stakes over 1200m a month ago he is primed and ready to go once again.
Having drawn perfectly in barrier 3 punters and form analysts alike put Redzel in front early and hopefully that is where he stays.
“He’s a very hard customer to get past, Redzel” co-trainer Paul Snowden said.
Once again his biggest challenger will be the stablemate Russian Revolution who won by a neck last time the two met in the Group One Galaxy in March.
“The last time these two met in the Galaxy in a handicap, Russian beat him a neck” stated fellow co-trainer Peter Snowden.
“Under Weight For Age conditions he’s a lot better off so he might turn the tables”.
One thing for certain is that the loyal band of owners and supporters will once again be heard as they will their favourite son over the line on Saturday in Queensland.
The horse that has brought together a taxi driver, doctor, teacher, policeman, tech guru’s and the list goes on but they all have one thing in common and that is their love for their champion Redzel.
Whilst all eyes are on Brisbane Triple Crown Syndications will be well represented at both the Scone standalone meeting and Kembla Grange tomorrow.
On a big card of feature racing last start Listed Nation Sprint winner Gold Symphony will be looking to stamp his passport for a trip north with a win in the Listed Luskin Star Stakes.
With a nomination for Group One Stradboke Handicap in June this 4-year-old son of Reward For Effort will be hoping that a strong performance tomorrow will have him right in contention for Queensland’s biggest race.
Also making the trip north to Scone is Triple Crown warrior Dothraki. A winner of over $1,000,000 in prizemoney Dothraki will be hoping to go one better than his last start second in the Group Three Maurice McCarten Stakes. With Tye Angland in the saddle ‘Doth’ will be looking for win number 7 as he continues to fly the flag for Triple Crown.
Triple Crown will also have a dual pronged attack down south at Kembla Grange tomorrow. With Rockin’ Red Rocket looking to break his maiden and 2-year-old first starter Hard Gold making his first racetrack appearance in the Triple Crown colours.
Don’t discount Redzel – that’s the early warning from Team Snowden ahead of the gelding’s clash with star stablemate Russian Revolution in the Doomben 10,000 on Saturday.
Trainer Peter Snowden co-trains both sprinters with son Paul and finds it difficult to separate the pair in the Group 1 feature which will be run over 1200 metres this year.
Snowden senior is chasing his third Doomben 10,000 after claiming the race with Beaded in 2011 and the last three-year-old to win the race, Epaulette in 2013 when the race was run over 1350 metres.
Doomben is in the heavy range and Snowden rates Redzel a superior wet tracker than Russian Revolution who led and weakened on a heavy track to finish sixth to Chautauqua in the Group 1 T J Smith (1200m) at Randwick on April 1.
Redzel is having his first start since claiming the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes on a heavy track at Randwick in mid-April which followed a close second to Russian Revolution on another heavy track in the Group 1 The Galaxy at Rosehill on March 18.
“There’s not a lot between them and luckily they’ve both drawn well and can handle heavy tracks,” Peter Snowden said.
“The last time they met in The Galaxy there was only a short neck between them.
“Redzel is probably the better horse on a heavy track but Russian Revolution is a very promising three-year-old on the way up.
“Luck on the day and the track conditions will play a big part.”
In latest UBET markets, Russian Revolution remains a clear $3 favourite for the Doomben 10,000 with Redzel at $7.50.
Last year’s Doomben 10,000 winner Music Magnate separates the pair on the second line at $6.
Snowden is undecided if both his sprinters will continue their Brisbane campaigns past the Doomben 10,000.
“I’ll see how they both run on Saturday first but there’s a good chance they could both spell immediately to prepare for the spring after the 10,000,” Snowden said.
Russian Revolution has won five of his seven starts in Sydney and Melbourne but Snowden fears the race’s weight-for-age conditions.
“He’s only a three-year-old and I think he’s badly weighted against some of the more seasoned sprinters,” he said.
“He’s got to carry 57kgs against this opposition and he looks too closely weighted against some of these more seasoned sprinters.”
By Glenn Davis, Photo: Bradley’s Photos
FRESH off the plane from a whirlwind Kentucky Derby tour, Bjorn Baker was thrilled to be welcomed back with what he described as an ideal draw for Music Magnate in Saturday’s $700,000 Doomben 10,000.
Music Magnate is bidding to join Falvelon and Apache Cat as dual 10,000 winners this century and Baker felt his chances were bolstered with barrier 7 after 15 runners accepted for the sprint, which reduces to 1200m this year.
“They tell me he’s been doing everything right since I’ve been away,” Baker said.
“Jeff (Lloyd) has been riding him in all of his work and all of the reports have been very good.
“From that draw, we should be able to slot in just behind the speed and get the right run.”
Music Magnate is a $6.50 chance with UBET to go back-to-back and cap a memorable week for Baker.
“It’s the first Kentucky Derby I’ve been to and it was a pretty amazing experience. Just awesome,” Baker said.
Peter and Paul Snowden also fared well, with Russian Revolution (5) now a firming $3 favourite and Redzel (3) into $8.
Conversely, Fell Swoop was given a turn in betting to $6 after coming up with gate 14 for Damian Browne.
“Russian Revolution was the best backed ‘all-in’ (where he opened $12) by far and, with him grabbing a good gate, we expect he’ll start a pretty warm favourite,” UBET’s Nick Curry said.
“Redzel is also drawn well and could be the big shortener. He continues to be specked at a good price, so perhaps we’ll see a Snowden quinella.”
Out of sorts Group 1 winner Takedown ($17) has also eased further in the market after being allotted the extreme outside barrier.
Double digit draws have proven big obstacles to overcome in both of the Doomben sprints in modern times.
The last 10,000 winner to jump from wider than nine was Mr. Innocent (12) back in 2000.
That was from the 1350m start.
Effectively, this year’s 10,000 replaces the BTC Cup, where you have to go back to Spark Of Life (13) in 2005 to find the last horse to win from a wide draw.
Doomben 10,000 (1200m)
1 Fell Swoop (14) Matthew Dale, Damian Browne, 58.5kg
2 Japonisme (1) Chris Waller, Larry Cassidy, 58.5kg
3 Takedown (15) Gary Moore, Brenton Avdulla, 58.5kg
4 Rebel Dane (10) Gary Portelli, Robbie Fradd, 58.5kg
5 Music Magnate (7) Bjorn Baker, Jeff Lloyd, 58.5kg
6 Redzel (3) Peter & Paul Snowden, 58.5kg
7 Counterattack (2) Chris Waller, Opie Bosson (2), 58.5kg
8 Start Wondering (8) Evan & JJ Rayner, Johnathan Parkes, 58.5kg
9 Upstart Pride (12) Michael Nolan, 58.5kg
10 The Monstar (9) Brett Cavanough, James Orman, 58.5kg
11 Sooboog (4) Darren Weir, 58.5kg
12 Russian Revolution (5) Peter & Paul Snowden, 57kg
13 Derryn (6) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig, Regan Bayliss, 57kg
14 El Divino (11 ) Darren Weir, 57kg
15 In Her Time (13) Benjamin Smith, Joshua Parr, 56.5kg
LAST-TIME-OUT winner Brigadoon Rise heads to Hawkesbury’s Stand Alone meeting on Saturday chasing Black Type success when she contests the Group 3 Godolphin Crown over 1300m.
The four-year-old mare has returned this preparation in the form of her life, backing up an unlucky second place finish first-up at Warwick Farm on March 22 with victory at the same track two weeks later in a BenchMark 78 contest, as she held on from the fast-finishing Magic Dallas over the same distance as Saturday’s Group 3 test.
Saturday will represent a third attempt at this level for the daughter of Stratum, who finished fifth in the Gold Coast Guineas and a close-up fourth in the James Carr Stakes at Randwick when stepping up to Group level last year.
Brigadoon Rise is part of a three-strong challenge for Peter & Paul Snowden in this race, who have a strong record at the meeting with Peter Snowden recording a record 11 victories from the feature Group 3 and two-year-old races, six of which have arrived in the Godolphin Crown, including last year’s victor, Nancy.
Despite drawing barrier 11 for the Group 3 contest, the Randwick supremo believes she can be competitive with Brigadoon Rise improving again since her last success.
“It’s a competitive race but she’s well worth having a crack at this,” said Snowden. “It’s a Group 3 race and a bit of Black Type is what we’ve been after. She’s going there in good form, her work’s been excellent and she’s trained on nicely but we just need a little bit of luck from the awkward draw.”