Redzel makes Everest statement after Concorde takeoff

CHAMPION Sprinter Redzel flew to victory in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes at Royal Randwick on Saturday, making a real statement of intent that The Everest hero is back in devastating form to defend his title in October.

In what the markets were calling a match race between Redzel and fellow Everest contender Invincible Star, resulted in a show of dominance from the multiple Group 1 winner, who had the Gai Waterhouse-trained beaten off at the furlong marker and convincingly saw off the attentions of Kaepernick in the closing stages to win by a length.

The result made it back-to-back wins in the Concorde, with Redzel running close to his track record of 55.73 seconds, coming home in 56.19 secs and 32.82 secs for the final 600m.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden was delighted with the manner of victory.

“Super run, you’ve got to be really pleased with that,” said Snowden. “He did everything we asked of him and more.

“It was a great ride by Kerrin, he waited and waited, gave him as soft a run as he could, and he went on to win with authority.

“He’s pulled up really well and anyone that would have seen him today would know that there’s a good bit of improvement to come. His coats not quite right yet and he’ still carrying a bit of belly.”

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy was equally impressed with the run.

“He’s showed he’s back today,” said McEvoy. “He was in good spirits and jumped out really well and travelled superbly.

“At the top of the rise as James McDonald pushed the button on his mare I knew we had the race won and he was solid through the line.

“His enthusiasm and endeavour is still there and it’s onwards and upwards from here.”

The six-year-old elevated himself to fifth on the all-time leading earners list of Australian racehorses, moving above Chautauqua and So You Think as he took his career earnings to $8,840,750.

Redzel will be following same flight path to The Everest as he did 12 months ago, with The Shorts over 1100m on September 15 at Royal Randwick his next assignment, and Snowden says the horse is right on track for a defence of the world’s richest race on turf.

“I think we’re on track,” added Snowden. “We’ll go two weeks into The Shorts and a month to The Everest. To my eye he’s on track to be somewhere just as near as good as last year.”