Redzel returns to scene of historic Everest win

REDZEL will return to racing at Royal Randwick for the first time since his historic win in the first running of The Everest, the world’s richest race on turf, in October last year.

The five-year-old claimed the lion’s share of the $10 Million showpiece, and went on to win his second Group 1 in the Darley Classic after his Everest triumph, establishing himself as one of the world’s best sprinters.

He returned this campaign when finishing a brave second in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes, and Redzel heads to the Group 2 Challenge Stakes tomorrow, where victory will see him soar through the $8 Million mark in prizemoney.

The son of Snitzel has drawn barrier 4 in the eight-runner race, and co-trainer Peter Snowden couldn’t be happier with the horse heading into the 1000m sprint.

“He’s in great order and everything has gone to plan since the Lightning Stakes,” said Snowden.

“He’s working really well and looking well. His run first up was excellent I thought and he’s come on since then.

“His recovery from that run has been superb and he’s really enjoyed his routine heading out to the beach. His last piece of fast work was spot on.

“It’s all about the TJ [Smith Stakes] with him but he’s in a good place to run a great race on Saturday.”

Kerrin McEvoy, who delivered the perfect ride on Redzel when winning The Everest, will once again be in the saddle with Redzel currently the $1.55 favourite with TAB.com.au.