Redzel out to strike in Lightning Stakes and surpass Black Caviar

THE EVEREST winner REDZEL is back for an autumn campaign that kicks off with the Group 1 Lightning Stakes down the straight at Flemington on Saturday.

Redzel, who was last seen when winning the Group 1 Darley Classic at the track in November, heads a field of ten for the 1000m race, with victory seeing the five-year-old become Australia’s highest earning sprinter in history, surpassing the great Black Caviar in Stakes earnings.

Fitting as it is then that the Lightning Stakes is named after the undefeated mare, who won the Lightning Stakes on three occasions during a glittering career.

Redzel, who will be ridden by regular jockey Kerrin McEvoy, has drawn barrier 9 for the feature race, the same barrier that saw him fly to victory in the Darley Classic on his last run, and once again takes on the runner-up from that day Terravista, as well as The Everest rival Redkirk Warrior.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden says the two-time Group 1 winner has prepared excellently for the race.

“He’s settled in great down here at Flemington,” said Snowden. “When I saw him earlier today he looks fantastic. He’s really settled in well and is a professional now.

“It’s a good race for him and we have a good barrier draw where he can give his running. His work has been first class and he’s travelled down well.

“As always we’ll need a little bit of luck on Saturday, but the horse is in good order.”