Don’t underestimate Redzel in TJ Smith

Co-trainer Paul Snowden has warned not to underestimate two-time The Everest winner Redzel when he lines up in Saturday’s Group I TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.

Redzel is a winner of 15 of his 38 starts with career earnings of $16.3 million, boosted by his two victories in The Everest – the world’s richest sprint race.

The son of Snitzel sits on top of the prizemoney list and amazingly the field of 13 sprinters that are set to face the starter in the TJ Smith have won over $52 million in career earnings collectively.

Nature Strip heads the betting on Sportsbet at $3.50 ahead of Bivouac $5, Santa Ana Lane $6 and Loving Gaby $7.

Pierata is the only other runner in single figures at $9 while Redzel is unwanted at $18.

“He can start whatever price they want. It won’t affect his chances,” Paul Snowden said.

“He will do what he always does. He will begin, race handy and give everything he has in the home straight.

“I think he’s won about 9 times here at Randwick so he knows the track well. The others will know he is there I promise you that.

“He has never let us down, and he’s shown no reason why he won’t run a good race again this weekend.”

Snowden added that he ‘couldn’t be happier’ with Redzel heading into the $1.25 million feature.

“He’s seven now, so you’d probably think he will hit his peak after a run or two into his preparation. His first two runs have been incredible this time in,” he said.

“He was gunned in the final stride or two in the Group I Black Caviar (Lightning) before having little luck here behind Nature Strip. He wouldn’t have beaten Nature Strip last start but he should have finished closer and he is the benchmark for Saturday’s race.”

Nature Strip has drawn barrier one and is expected to lead and with Redzel drawn in gate three Snowden indicated he won’t be letting the favourite get too far in front at any stage.

“He looks a far more complicated horse than he actually is,” trainer Chris Waller said of Nature Strip during the week.

“James gets on really well with him and we couldn’t be happier with him heading into the weekend.”

By Richard Callander – Racenet