Redzel on course for 10,000 defence after Randwick trial

LAST year’s Group 1 Doomben 10,000 winner Redzel continued his preparations towards retaining his title on May 12 after an easy trial at Randwick on Tuesday.

The Everest winner won his maiden Group 1 title in the 1200m contest 12 months ago, and heads north in good form after trialing well to finish second behind Group 1 winner English, with Redzel bidding to become the first back-to-back winner of the race since Apache Cat in 2008 and 2009.

Nominations were released today for the Group 1 event, with 34 possibles for the race, including Group 1 Galaxy winner In Her Time and recent Group 2 winner Impending.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden was pleased with the morning’s efforts. “He trialed well,” said Snowden. “He wasn’t there to do a lot but he was there to have a little blow out.

“We were keeping a little bit in hand as the track was quite heavy, but he handled it well as he always does.

“He did what I wanted him to do, trialed nicely and had a good blow. He’ll work again a couple more times to get him ready for Saturday week but I’m really happy his work today.”

Kerrin McEvoy will partner Redzel in Brisbane, and the leading hoop was pleased with how he felt during the trial.

“I was happy with him this morning,” said McEvoy. “I had him back on the bridle and well within himself travelling through the first part and he was nice and willing and his action was good.

“As we approached the final 400 I had him nicely on the bridle even though we were improving. He’s had a nice hit out and has pulled up nice in himself.

“Everything points to him being in good order.”