Redzel to take flight in Concorde

TRIPLE CROWN’s Everest hero Redzel will kick off his spring preparation on Saturday in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes at Royal Randwick, as he begins a defence of his Everest crown.

The reigning champion trialed smartly heading into his first up assignment, defeating a strong field including Everest rivals Trapeze Artist and English to win by two lengths over 1000m at Rosehill on August 20, with Peter Snowden saying he’s there to run very well on Saturday.

“His prep’s been excellent so far,” said Snowden. “His work’s been good and trials great. He’s possibly carrying a little more belly than this time last year, but that’s not uncommon in a horse a year older.

“I’ve been very pleased with his work and he’s there to run very well on Saturday.”

Redzel will follow the same path which took him to Everest glory 12 months ago, with the son of Snitzel tackling The Shorts over 1100m on September 15, before going third up into The Everest on October 13.

“It’s a recipe that worked absolutely perfect last year so we’ll tempt fate again and try and do a similar sort of thing,” added Snowden.

“His work has been blistering and Kerrin has even said to me that he might have come back better again.

“We’ll get him as good as we can and hopefully we can stay out of trouble and if we do he’ll give us 110% on raceday.”