Redzel makes Everest claim as he flies to Concorde success
REDZEL laid down an emphatic claim for a slot in the $10,000,000 The Everest as he gave the field weight and a resounding beating in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
Although just a field of four lined up for the race, Redzel had to see off the attentions of Group 1 runner-up Spieth, and the five-year-old always had his rivals at an arm’s reach, going on to win by two lengths with an all-the-way success in a blisteringly quick time of 56.23 seconds, coming home in a 32.91-second 600m.
Redzel was conceding 3kg to Spieth, however the son of Snitzel proved too strong, leading to claims an Everest slot could be coming the way of the front-running sprinter, with just six weeks to go until the lucrative race on October 14.
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The Group 1 Doomben 10,000 winner was slashed to $11 for the race in the aftermath of his dominant win, and co-trainer Paul Snowden was bullish over Redzel not just earning a start in the race, but also putting up a strong display.
“I’ll tell you how to explain this horse — he is an each-way bet to nothing,’’ Snowden said of Redzel’s Everest chances.
“He will run you top three and have a fair, cracking chance to win it.’’
Of Saturday’s performance Snowden was thrilled with how Redzel had returned to the races.
“Redzel has come back in fine fettle. I’ve been quoted as saying early in the prep that this is his best preparation yet, the way he can idle when he gets to a cruising speed. We’ve all seen how he can sustain that over six furlongs (1200m).
“But it’s been all about an Everest preparation and he will go to the Moir Stakes next and then hopefully straight into The Everest.
“It’s four weeks to the Moir and no doubt he’s going to be mighty hard to beat there and hopefully we pick up a slot soon.”
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who was in fine form riding five winners on the day, echoed Snowden’s assertions, and predicted an Everest slot would be forthcoming.
“Peter and Paul said he’s fast, use that first furlong to get control of the race and just build it up from there. He’s arguably improved heading into this preparation,’’ McEvoy said. “He deserves a spot in the (Everest) field. Everything is pointing towards a great preparation.’’