Triple Crown Syndications and Sydney City Lexus enter exciting new partnership

SYDNEY CITY LEXUS, Australia’s premier Lexus Dealer, and Triple Crown Syndications, Australia’s leading Racehorse Syndication company, have joined forces in a partnership that promises to bring two exciting forms of horsepower to those who “pursue perfection” and like to “live the dream.”

John Roca, Managing Director of Sydney City Lexus, said, “This partnership will bring together passionate individuals that desire and admire the finer things in life, offering clients from both organisations exclusive experiences and benefits beyond ownership of the world’s finest vehicles and thoroughbreds.

“Together with our other racing partner Snowden Racing, we will continue to push the boundaries to pioneer exciting touchpoints and experiences for patrons on and off the course”.

The alignment further builds on the successful 14-year partnership between Lexus Australia (now principal partner of the Melbourne Cup) and the VRC, which has seen the luxury automotive brand create exhilarating entertainment, culinary and design experiences since 2003.

Triple Crown Syndications are Australia’s leading big-race syndicators, with their famous red silks being carried to victory in the inaugural running of The Everest, the world’s richest race on turf, through their star sprinter, Redzel.

Triple Crown director Michael Ward said, “We are delighted to welcome Sydney City Lexus as a new partner, who share the same beliefs when it comes to customer service and life-changing experiences.

“This partnership with Australia’s premier Lexus dealer will provide further opportunity to our loyal group of owners with exclusive benefits, adding to the unrivalled experience of being a racehorse owner with Triple Crown Syndications.”

In an exciting event to kick off this new partnership, there will be the opportunity to see, smell and touch the inaugural LEXUS Melbourne Cup at a venue to be disclosed to customers of these three great organisations in early September.

Newly appointed Sydney City Lexus General Manager, Enzo Alessi said, “The dealership is thrilled to build its association with Australia’s number one racehorse syndicators and bring together customers of mutual interests and sophistication.”

Emperor’s Way up for the Cup

STAKES WINNER Emperor’s Way looks to capitalise on what’s been an encouraging preparation so far when he steps up to 1900m for the Group 3 Premier’s Cup on Saturday at Rosehill Gardens.

An excellent second to Harper’s Choice in the Premier’ Cup Prelude over 1800m on his last start, Emperor’s Way is stripping a fitter figure with each and every run, and heads into Saturday for his what is his first attempt at Group level, after landing the Listed Randwick City Stakes in his last preparation.

Emperor’s Way takes on 12 rivals for the race, with Andrew Adkins in the saddle.

“It’s a nice race for him on Saturday and the little bit of rain around won’t hurt him,” said co-trainer Peter Snowden.

“There looks to be a smart horse in the race but we’ll worry about our horse and he’s in great shape going into this. He’s had a great preparation and looks as though he should get a nice run from that gate.”

Everest Champion Redzel dominates trial in lead up to Concorde

THE EVEREST Champion Redzel would have caught the eye of his Everest rivals as he dominated a trial at Rosehill Gardens on Monday morning, winning by 2.3 lengths to dual Group 1 runner-up Champagne Cuddles, with fellow Everest contenders Trapeze Artist and English back in fourth and fifth respectively.

Springing out the gates to take up the running in the 1000m trial, Redzel led from start to finish to clock a time of 59.7 seconds on the course proper, coming home in 34.1 seconds for the last 600m.

The NSW Sprinter of the Year is following the same lead up which saw him crowned winner of the world’s richest race on turf in 2017, and will kick off his preparation on September 1 in The Concorde Stakes at Royal Randwick over the 1000m, a trip which he holds the track record for at Randwick after clocking a sensational time of 55.73 to win the Challenge Stakes in March this year.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden was happy with what he saw in Monday’s trial. “He had a good trial today and he’s now ready for the races.

“He was good at the finish when just asked to quicken that last furlong. He’s had a nice little blow and that should see him come on nicely for his run on Saturday week in The Concorde Stakes.”

Military Zone an Up And Coming talent

FLYING Randwick winner Military Zone takes the step up to Stakes level on Saturday when he goes for glory in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes at Head-quarters.

A scintillating winner last time out in the three-year-old Handicap over 1200m when roaring home from the rear of the field, Military Zone has earned his step up  to Group 3 company and faces 9 rivals over the 1300m trip.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden said Military is up for the challenge. “I know it’s because of his Group placings but with 58.5kg, Spin couldn’t beat my other horse (Military Zone) with 53kg I wouldn’t think,” Snowden said to Racenet.

“I wouldn’t say he’s underrated, everyone could see what he did the other day and with 53 kilos he’s going to run really well,” he said.

“He just stepped back when the barriers opened, I thought he’d be up outside the lead, but he overcome difficulties and I think his sectionals were very good, nearly the best of the day, so he showed the sort of talent he has.

“He’s a winner. He’s a nice horse, I don’t mind him.

“I’m quietly confident he will run very, very well again on Saturday.”

Elsewhere on the card Onslaught goes in the BenchMark 89 Handicap over 1400m as he looks to bounce back to winning form once more.

The Saturday action continues in Melbourne where Brave Song backs up after his superb 3rd in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap to take on the Listed Regal Roller Stakes over 1200m.

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Redzel named NSW Sprinter of the Year

TRIPLE CROWN’S Everest winning star Redzel capped a sensational year by being named NSW Sprinter of the Year at Racing NSW’s Night of Champions award ceremony on Thursday at Royal Randwick.

The now six-year-old scored won five of his eight starts during the 2017-18 season, winning the prestigious Group 1 Darley Classic down the Flemington straight, as well as setting track records over the 1000m and 1100m, when winning the Group 2 Challenge Stakes in March, and the Group 2 The Shorts in September last year.

Those successes added to his sensational win in the inaugural running of The Everest in October, in which he collected a $5.8 Million winners’ cheque, and announced himself as the most feared sprinter in the world.

That win combined with his superb run of form throughout the season, saw the son of Snitzel break into the top ten Australian prizemoney earners in history, with his haul of $8,726,750 seeing him lie in seventh.

One of the most consistent sprinters over the last season and more, Redzel has finished in the top 2 in 12 of his last 13 runs.

Congratulations to his owners, and thanks to Snowden Racing who have presented the horse superbly each and every time this season, with this coveted award deservedly adding further to Redzel’s reputation as one of the greatest sprinters in the country!

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Courtza King in charge at Doomben as Brave Song is Group 3 placed

COURTZA KING led from start to finish as Triple Crown ended another successful weekend with their fifth winner of the new season, and a Group 3 placing as Brave Song rallied for the third in the Aurie’s Star at Flemington.

A quirky performer, Courtza King scored for his fifth career win, taking his career earnings past the $250,000 mark as he held on for victory in the BenchMark 75 Colts and Geldings Handicap over 1350m.

Stepping back in class the Tony Gollan-trained seven-year-old proved too good for his rivals, winning by a head from Pressway.

With the spring racing feast beginning to rev into gear, Triple Crown also earned a first Stakes performer of the new season, as Brave Song kept on well to finish third behind smart performers Voodoo Lad and Home Of The Brave when 7kg out of handicap – a terrific effort!

A winner of an Open Handicap down the straight on his last start, the son of Your Song stepped up to 1200m for the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap, proving his ability at Stakes level once more after earning black-type at Warwick Farm in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes during his last preparation. The four-year-old has also taken his career earnings through the $250,000 mark.

Emperor’s Way proved that he is right on track to win a nice staying race this preparation when just held into second in Saturday’s Premier’s Cup Prelude over 1800m, with Emperor’s Way conceding his rival 2kg in the weights.

Another terrific weekend for The Red team and congratulations to the winning owners of Courtza King!

Triple Crown looks to Emperor’s Way to continue good run

THE Triple Crown Syndications silks made famous by Redzel in The Everest have been on a tear for the past month and trainer Paul Snowden thinks it could continue with Emperor’s Way and Island Missile at Rosehill on Saturday.

Peter and Paul Snowden are the exclusive trainers for Triple Crown and since the beginning of July, there have been 13 wins for the syndicator from 11 horses. It has taken their prizemoney to close to $10 million in the past year.

“They have had a lot of horses come in and racing in good form. We like those red colours,” Paul Snowden said. “There are some nice horses there for them and I think you will see them during the carnival.

“A stayer like Emperor’s Way is one of them and he has been getting ready for a race like Saturday.”

Emperor’s Way won five races from seven starts with a couple of other placings last preparation, which ended with him becoming a Listed winner in the Randwick City Stakes.

It means he started this preparation in black type grade and over the unsuitable trip of 1400m and 1500m where he has finished off his races from well back in the field. Emperor’s Way steps up in trip again for Saturday’s Premier’s Cup Prelude and it is the real beginning of his campaign.

“The thing with both his runs this time in has been he has made ground in races where you needed to be up on the speed, on tracks that were leaderish,” Snowden said. “They were both probably a bit short for him.

“His next couple of runs will tell if he is going to take the step to a Metropolitan type of horse. He is tracking the right way and gets to 1800m on Saturday, where he should be very competitive.

“The way he has been going this prep you would think he should run a good race.”

Island Missile is on the seven-day back-up after being the best of the closers when third to Bergerac at Randwick last Saturday. He meets the winner 4-1/2 kilos better for being beaten 1-3/4 lengths in a similar race.

“He has been racing well and is up to winning on a Saturday,” Snowden said. “He is very fit and there aren’t too many races left for him before the really good horses come back.”

Redzel started the public part of his preparation in a Gosford barrier trial on Monday, and did enough to impress the stable.

“He didn’t have the blinkers on but went great,” Snowden said. “We are going to take him along the same path as last year.

“He will have another trial to be ready for the Concorde Stakes [at Randwick on September 1].”

Words: Chris Roots

Triple Crown continue Red Hot start to season as Invincible Lad goes back-to-back

TRIPLE CROWN brought up their fourth winner of the new season from just seven runners, as Invincible Lad duly saluted in the 1000m Class 1 Handicap at Kembla Grange on Thursday.

After Saturday wins from Military Zone and More Moet, Kathmandu struck for his maiden win on Tuesday to add to Invincible Lad’s convincing success, while the victory continues a remarkable run of form which sees Triple Crown score 13 wins (from 11 individual winners) in the last month.

Yet it was not all plain-sailing for the Stakes-placed son of I Am Invincible, who missed the kick at the start before mustering along the fence to regain a prominent position from barrier 2.

Traveling strongly into the race, jockey Tye Angland exploited the split with Invincible Lad, and he quickly put a gap into his rivals before holding out to win by a head.

The dry tracks have seen a timely change in fortunes for the now three-year-old, who has now put together a sequence of wins.

Co-trainer Paul Snowden was pleased with how he recovered from his slow start.

“He won well today,” said Snowden. “The application of blinkers and the drier tracks have certainly turned him around.

“He was a little tardy to jump, which is unlike him, but he just got back onto his hind legs when they opened. But I like the way he worked early and mid-race to get up on pace and then when he was asked for an effort he put a gap on them.

“He got tired and was looking around but he still got the job done and that’s what matters.”

Military Zone Stakes his claim as Mo gets the corks popping

MILITARY ZONE unleashed a lethal turn of foot at Randwick on Saturday to nail the leader on the line in the 3YO BenchMark 70 Handicap over 1200m on Saturday, earning a possible tilt at Stakes level. While at Kembla Grange, stayer More Moet scored his fourth career win, when taking out the BenchMark 64 Handicap over 2400m in a thrilling finish.

Military Zone was electric on the day, and scored his second win from three starts, stepping up to metro grade after a smart win at Newcastle three weeks ago.

Drawn the widest of nine, Kerrin McEvoy took the son of Epaulette to the rear of the field and, after waiting patiently for the split in the straight, he urged his mount into the clear before Military Zone stormed home, making up the best part of 8 lengths on the long-time leader Danawi, to deny the Tim Martin trained galloper by a nose, with the pair drawing a length clear of the field.

A $140,000 purchase from Three Bridges Farm at the Inglis Premier Sale, two-year-old winner Military Zone showed further signs of improvement, with co-trainer Peter Snowden suggesting a step up to Stakes level for the

“That was a great, a really impressive win,” said Snowden. “It didn’t go to plan early. He was slow out and had to get back, but he relaxed super well and when the split came 300m he was like dynamite and really quickened nicely. He attacked the line like a smart horse.

“Off the strength of that performance we’ll look to step him up in grade again, and there’s the Group 3 Ming Dynasty in three weeks time which we could target him at.”

The double on the day was completed shortly after, when More Moet stayed on strongest when stepping up to 2400m at Kembla Grange. Dropping back in grade, More Moet travelled superbly into the race and kicked early in the straight, holding off the attentions of race favourite Everly Girl in the closing stages to win by a quarter of a length, much to the elation of his merry band of owners.

“That was really good to see from More Moet today,” said Snowden. “Congratulations to all the owners but I was delighted to see him tough it out and see the Moet of old today!”

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Everest Champion Redzel nominated for NSW Champion Horse of the Year and Sprinter of the Year

AUSTRALIA’S Sprint king Redzel has been nominated for the accolade of Racing NSW TAB Horse of the Year and Racing NSW Sprinter of the Year after a stellar season in which he won the Group 1 Darley Classic in November, before which he blew the field away in the world’s richest race on turf, The Everest in October.

Also nominated for the title of Sprinter of the Year is TJ Smith winner Trapeze Artist, and Galaxy Handicap winner In Her Time.

The rising six-year-old went unbeaten in his first four runs of this season, following on from his Maiden Group 1 success in May by winning the Concorde Stakes over 1000m at Randwick, before he broke the course record for 1100m in The Shorts two weeks later.

Redzel then achieved his crowning glory in The Everest, winning the $10 Million race in front of 33,000 racegoers at Randwick – a record for this century.

It what proved a breakthrough year, Redzel catapulted himself into the top 10 prizemoney earners in Australian Racing history, with his earnings now standing at $8,726,750.

A special mention must go the Snowden Racing team for preparing Redzel superbly this last season. The awards night is due to take place on August 16 at Royal Randwick, and we would like to wish the very best of luck to the owners of Redzel on what will be a fantastic evening, celebrating all things racing in NSW.

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