Redzel out to pass Caviar in race named after the champion mare

REDZEL will next month try to stretch his winning ­sequence to seven and become Australia’s highest-earning sprinter.

Redzel, who hasn’t raced since the Darley Classic at Flemington on November 11, will return to that track for the $750,000 Black Caviar Lightning on February 17.

If Redzel wins that race, he will be Australia’s greatest sprinter in terms of prizemoney won.

The five-year-old has won $7,797,750, and only the great Black Caviar ($7,953,936) is in front of him.

Redzel’s prizemoney was boosted considerably by the $5.8 million he won in The ­Everest at Randwick last October.

The gelding began his winning streak last April in the Hall Mark Stakes at Rosehill and he followed up in the Doomben 10,000 in May.

In the spring he had three wins at Randwick, culminating in The Everest, before saluting again in the Darley Classic.

Redzel trialled over 900m at Rosehill last Monday, when he glided around for seventh, just behind sixth-placed Winx.

“He’s as good as gold. He’ll have a further trial at Rosehill on February 5,” co-trainer Peter Snowden said.

After the 1000m Lightning, Snowden said Redzel could run in the $500,000 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley on March 23 and $2.5 million T.J. Smith Stakes at Randwick on April 7, both over 1200m.

Snowden said Redzel would then follow the same path as last year and be aimed at the Doomben 10,000, Everest and Darley Classic, all Group 1s.

Stablemate Russian Revolution, winner of six of his 10 starts, will resume in the 1100m Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield on February 24.

Russian Revolution will trial at Rosehill today and may also trial in Melbourne before his first-up run.

“He’s had a good, long, steady build-up,’’ Snowden said.

“The Oakleigh Plate is a nice race for him as he goes well first-up and it’s a handicap, which will also suit him.”

Words: Michael Manley

Photo: Bradley Photographers