Redzel enters record books as Australia’s highest earning sprinter

REDZEL has become Australia’s highest earning sprinter in history after surpassing the prizemoney haul of the recently retired Chautauqua.

Redzel’s career earnings of $8,823,000 sees him now lie in fifth on the all-time leading Australian prizemoney earners, ahead of Black Caviar, So You Think and Chautauqua, and just over $500,000 short of nine-time Group 1 winner Northerly.

Top Australian prizemoney earners

Winx                   $19,582,424
Makybe Diva     $14,526,690
Sunline               $11,351,610
Northerly           $9,341,850
Redzel              $8,823,000
Chautauqua       $8,821,935
So You Think     $8,813,497
Black Caviar       $7,953,936

That figure sees a return of more than 70 times his purchase price of $120,000 at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale in January 2014.

Victories in the Group 1 Darley Classic and Group 1 Doomben 10,000 as well as success in the inaugural running of The Everest propelled Redzel into being recognized as the leading sprinter in Australia during a fruitful 2017-18 season which saw him named as Champion Sprinter.

Should Redzel win back-to-back Everest titles, the $6 million winner’s cheque will see him jump to second on the all-time list of earners, behind only supermare Winx.

Redzel will bid to defend his Everest title on October 13 at Royal Randwick.

Brave Song out to be No.1 at Caulfield

A WIN and two Stakes placings have greeted Brave Song in what’s been an exceptionally consistent preparation, but on Sunday the leading son of Your Song will be seeking that elusive Stakes victory when he takes on the Listed Testa Rossa Stakes at Caulfield.

Brave Song promised much in an Autumn preparation that saw him finish third behind leading colt Kementari in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes at Warwick Farm and as a now four-year-old the horse has performed well when kept to the sprint distances this preparation.

After opening with a win down the straight at Flemington on July 21, Brave Song chased home Voodoo Lad and Home of The Brave in the Group 3 Aurie Star Handicap before finishing third in the Listed Regal Roller Stakes at Caulfield.

Sunday’s Testa Rossa Stakes sees last season’s leading prize-money earner for his sire Your Song take on 10 rivals over the 1200m trip, including Godolphin’s impressive last start winner Trekking and the Darren Weir-trained Japanese import Kemono.

However, co-trainer Peter Snowden feels Brave Song is up to the challenge.

“He’s been jumping out of his skin at the Melbourne stable,” said Snowden. “He’s had a good little freshen up since his last run which has brought him on nicely.

“I’m very happy with the horse and he heads into Sunday in good order.

“His runs this preparation have been good and he’s certainly capable of mixing it at this level. The race on Sunday is another tough assignment but with a clean run he can produce a terrific turn of foot and be involved at the finish.”

Brave Song will jump from Barrier 2 with Glyn Schofield set for the ride.

Redzel among six Everest rivals to hold ground for Premiere showdown

REDZEL has drawn Barrier 1 after the eight nominations for the Premiere Stakes all held their ground at the acceptance stage, paving the way for an epic showdown between six of The Everest runners at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

The reigning Everest Champion Redzel will have In Her Time and Trapeze Artist jump immediately outside him in gates two and three, while Invincible Star will have to contend with the widest barrier in eight. The Anthony Freedman-trained Everest-bound pair of Santa Ana Lane and Shoals will jump from gates four and seven respectively, with Music Magnate and Invincible Gem the other two set to line up for the Group 2 event over 1200m.

Victory in the $500,000 Premiere Stakes will see Redzel become the highest earning sprinter in Australian Racing history, surpassing the $8,821,935 earned by Chautauqua and propelling the leading son of Snitzel up to fifth on the all time list of top earners.

Trainer Peter Snowden is happy with Redzel’s progress heading into his final lead up run before The Everest on October 13.

“Redzel worked strongly again on Tuesday morning,” said co-trainer Peter Snowden. “He worked well on Thursday and again yesterday, so he’s in great order now.

“He’s there to run well in what’s a very, very good race on Saturday but we know we’ve got a very good horse.

“This run will bring him right on and get him up to where we want him for The Everest in two weeks, but he’s there to run well on Saturday.”

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Redzel firing ahead of Premiere Everest trial

CO-TRAINER Peter Snowden reports that Redzel is working well ahead of his Everest dress rehearsal in the Premiere Stakes on Saturday at Randwick.

Six of the 12 Everest runners will be lining up for the Group 2 event worth $500,000 with Invincible Star, In Her Time, Shoals, Santa Ana Lane and Trapeze Artist joining the reigning Champion among eight nominations for the race, as Music Magnate and Invincible Gem are also included.

Redzel, who won retained his title in the Concorde Stakes on September 1 on return to the race track this spring, was forced to miss his planned lead up run in The Shorts on September 15 due to muscle soreness, but the Snowden camp have reported that the horse has recovered quickly and worked well since.

“He’s all good and worked very well this morning, I’m very happy with him,” Snowden said to Sky Racing’s Racing HQ on Tuesday morning.

“He had a good solid gallop last Thursday and again this morning so I’m more than happy with the horse.

“His regular rider rode him this morning and reported that he felt very good.”

Redzel will then go from the Premiere Stakes into The Everest on October 13, where a repeat victory in the World’s richest race on turf will see Redzel become the second highest earner in Australian racing history, behind only Winx.

Redzel on track for The Everest after pleasing in trackwork

AFTER missing The Shorts on Saturday due to muscle soreness, Redzel returned to work under saddle on Tuesday morning with co-trainer Peter Snowden reporting that the reigning Everest Champion was ‘full of himself’.

The six-year-old was a late scratching on Saturday morning from the Group 2 The Shorts after waking up with muscle soreness, in what was to be Redzel’s final lead-up run heading into a defence of his Everest title.

Racing NSW vet James Mizzi inspected Redzel on Tuesday morning, finding ‘no abnormalities’ with the gelding, and co-trainer Peter Snowden reported Redzel to be very well in his morning work.

“His work this morning was really good,” said Snowden. “We put a saddle back on him today and got the all clear from the vets and he was very keen, full of himself and very fresh, so all is well with the horse.”

Snowden also confirmed Redzel will likely take his place in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes on September 29 ahead of The Everest on October 13.

“He’ll have a gallop on Thursday and we’ll likely race him again at Randwick in the Premiere Stakes. He’ll need another race leading into The Everest and that should get him exactly where we want him.

“I was very happy with him this morning – he worked very fresh and very well and we’ll step his work up again this week.

“It was a minor setback as he’s just missed his planned lead up race, but I’m confident we can get him to where we need him and he’ll be in good order for The Everest.”

Australia’s leading syndicators: Part three – 10 individual Stakes performers in 2017/18

EVERY owner in racing wants their horse to compete at the elite level. That upper echelon of racing where the best are separated from the rest with a bold black pen on the pedigree page that indicates a horse to have won or been placed in a Stakes race.

Redzel might be bearing the flag after two Group 1 wins and, of course, that win in the world’s richest race on turf, The Everest, but the depth in quality of the Triple Crown team sees Redzel as one of a remarkable ten individual Triple Crown horses who were at least placed in Stakes races during a record-breaking 2017/18 season.

Furthermore, at the close of the season, an incredible 36% of our active horses in training had been Stakes placed at some stage during their career.

Redzel, Australia’s highest earning racehorse during the 2017/18 season, won the Group 3 Concorde Stakes, the Group 2 pair of The Shorts and Challenge Stakes, as well the Group 1 Darley Classic in addition to his Everest success, to become Australia’s leading sprinter in what was a stellar season for the top line son of Champion Sire Snitzel.

Dothraki, Moss Trip, Emperor’s Way and Secret Trail joined Redzel as winners of Stakes races during the 2017/18 season. Dothraki proving age to be just a number as the now eight-year-old won the Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes at Royal Randwick – a race in which Secret Trail flashed home for fourth. Yet the Denman mare would get her just rewards, as she burst clear to win the Listed Bright Shadow Stakes at Doomben in June.

Moss Trip, who like Dothraki is also by Mossman, took the Group 3 James Carr Stakes at Royal Randwick in April for Triple Crown’s 27th Group-race win since 2010, before going on to win the Listed Scone Guineas in a blistering performance in May.

Emperor’s Way, a winner of five races during the 2017/18 season, finished the preparation with a fantastic win at Stakes level in the Listed Randwick City Stakes over 2000m in May.

Island Missile was denied a Stakes victory by just a nose in the Listed Gosford Guineas, while Brave Song put up an impressive performance to finish third in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes behind star colt Kementari.

Invincible Lad has a 2YO Stakes placing next to his name after finishing third in the Listed Asian Executive Stakes at Flemington, while in Queensland the Tony Gollan-trained pair of Brazen Moss and Charlie Boy earned Stakes placings last season.

Dothraki battles to Group 2 triumph

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Dothraki continues to raise the bar after taking out a first Group 2 success of his career in the Bobbie Lewis over 1200m at Flemington.

A multiple Group 3 winner and Group 1 runner-up, Dothraki displayed no signs of relenting into his eight-year-old year, as he travelled strongly and kicked clear down the straight under Damian Lane to defeat First Among Equals and Kemono.

A Golden Slipper runner in his two-year-old year, Dothraki takes his earnings to almost $1.5 million with the win, an eighth of his career, with the remarkable son of Mossman continuing to show superb longevity, winning two of his last five starts, all at Stakes level, and only finishing outside the top three in his last six runs.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden was elated at the result. “There’s been Group 1s he should’ve won through his career but on his day he’s a good horse,” said Snowden.

“He was ridden perfectly today. He stalked the speed and went at him late and was timed to perfection. It’s good to see the older horses run as well as they are.

“He works well at home and takes improvement from his first-up runs. He runs well down the straight.

“We’ll see where we go from here but a fantastic win today.”

Redzel in final Everest rehearsal

REDZEL will have his final lead up ahead of the defence of his Everest title when he takes on the Group 2 The Shorts at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Stepping up to 1100m, Redzel won this race in track record time 12 months ago, securing the first of his two track records at Royal Randwick, and is the only horse in the modern era to hold two track records at the same metropolitan racecourse.

In his attempt to win back to back renewals of the Group 2 event, Redzel is looking to become the first horse since 1977 to retain The Shorts title, and just the fifth horse to win it more than once.

Richie faces eight rivals on the day, with one third of The Everest field lining up in the race, as Invincible Star, English and Brave Smash all take their chance against the reigning champion, with Redzel having drawn nicely in Barrier 3.

Redzel now holds favouritism for the World’s richest race on turf on October 13 following an eyecatching win in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes first up, matched with defeats for some of the principal players in The Everest make up.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden has been happy with how he’s trained on from his first-up win in the Concorde Stakes.

“Redzel is in terrific order,” said Snowden. “He’s trained on nicely since the Concorde and I;m happy with his work.

“He’s tightened up for the run as you’d expect but there’s still improvement to come out of him for Saturday’s run.

“He’s going the right way and we’ll look forward to Saturday.”

Triple Crown have horses in action across three Stakes races on Saturday, with Emperor’s Way joining Redzel at  Randwick as he looks to bounce back to form in the Group 3 Kingston Town over 2000m. And in Melbourne Dothraki takes his chance second up in the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality at Flemington.

Australia’s leading syndicators: Part two – Average of $50k earnings per start in 2017/18

IN part one of this series looking into Triple Crown’s syndication success, we looked into Triple Crown’s selection processes in highlighting the four leading prizemoney earners  for four different stallions that raced in the Triple Crown red during the 2017/18 season. In this second part, it’s all about prizemoney in the pockets of our owners, as the Triple Crown team of horses with Snowden Racing earned on average a remarkable $49,398 per start during 2017/18.

THE Triple Crown team of horses with exclusive trainers Snowden Racing earned on average almost $50,000 per start during the 2017/18 season. That’s just shy of being the equivalent of winning a metropolitan Saturday race, every single start.

Triple Crown horses trained by Peter & Paul Snowden earned a mammoth total of $9.59 million during the 2017/18 season, by far the largest prizemoney haul of any Australian syndicator. This total was achieved from 194 starters, leaving an average of $49,398 earned per start.

These figures include Redzel’s $5.8 million won in taking out the inaugural running of The Everest, yet even excluding this victory in the world’s richest race on turf, the average prizemoney per starter lies at just short of $20,000.

For comparative purposes, these figures present favourably to the $7,632 earned on average per start by another prominent Sydney Syndicator.

Redzel, Australia’s highest earning racehorse during the 2017/18 season, headed the Triple Crown team with wins in The Everest and the Group 1 Darley Classic, as well as track-record performances in winning the Group 2 Challenge Stakes over 1000m, and Group 2 The Shorts over 1100m.

Other significant prizemoney earners include Moss Trip, who won the Group 3 James Carr Stakes and $400,000 Listed Scone Guineas, Group 3 winner Dothraki, and Listed winner Emperor’s Way, who won five races during the 2017/18 season.

From selecting and racing the leading progeny of four top line sires last season, to our team of horses earning an average of almost $50,000 every start during the 2017/18 season, Triple Crown lead the way when it comes to racehorse syndication!

Redzel favourite to climb Everest once more

LAST YEAR’S inaugural Everest Champion, Redzel, has assumed favouritism to repeat the feat of winning the world’s richest race on turf on October 13 at Royal Randwick.

Australia’s highest earning horse last season, Redzel was dominant in winning the Group 3 Concorde Stakes on his return this spring, and that impressive display combined with a defeat for TJ Smith winner Trapeze Artist saw Redzel elevated to the head of the market at a $5 chance.

Trapeze Artist is on the second line of betting at $6, last year’s runner-up Vega Magic at $7, while Nature Strip – the latest horse to earn a slot in the race – is a $9 chance and it’s $11 bar.

Many Everest contenders have stepped out in the last fortnight, with just Redzel and Nature Strip winning their respective races, while Vega Magic, Shoals, Santa Ana Lane, Brave Smash, Invincible Star and Trapeze Artist all suffered defeats.

Redzel will next race on September 15 in the Group 2 The Shorts, a race he won in track record time 12 months ago before going on to win The Everest, and he’ll likely meet Everest rivals English, Invincible Star and Brave Smash in what will be an intriguing race before the $13 million showpiece on October 13.