Brilliant Redzel wins Challenge Stakes in track record time

REDZEL was at his imperious best at Royal Randwick on Saturday as he blitzed the stop clock in winning the Group 2 Challenge Stakes in an astonishing 55.73 seconds for the 1000m, setting a new track record.

Redzel now holds two track records at Sydney’s premier racetrack, with the five-year-old also claiming the 1100m record in The Shorts in September last year, on his way to victory in the $10 Million The Everest in October. And he further etched his name into the history books, as he is believed to be the only horse in the modern era to hold two track records at the same time at the same city course.

In collecting a further $289,000 in prizemoney, Redzel’s earnings shot through the $8 Million mark as he scored a seventh victory from his last eight races.

With Super Too flying off the front Kerrin McEvoy elected to take a sit behind Jungle Edge on the son of Snitzel, and ate up the ground in the final 400m, proving far too strong for his rivals.

“You just can’t believe how quick he ran. Fifty five and a half seconds – I just can’t imagine a horse doing that over 1000m but he did it and he did it well,” said Snowden.

“What I like is that he was really good through the line. He had a very fast pace to chase and he was really solid. He started to pull away again towards the end and made some very good horses look very average.

“I thought his run at Flemington was excellent and he was superb again today. We can all head towards the TJ [Smith] in the months’ time.

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