Dual Everest champion Redzel is still the horse rivals fear in the TJ Smith, even though master trainer Peter Snowden is tiring of answering questions whether he is at his best.
Snowden and son Paul have tuned Redzel’s preparation to be ready third-up, where he has won both his Everests and TJ Smith runner-up to Trapeze Artist last year.
“This is the race we have been targeting since the beginning of the preparation and he is great,” Snowden said. “He will have to be, because it is an Everest-like field. This field is incredibly deep. He is ready for it.
“You only have to look at his work on Tuesday morning, when he was the best of the morning on the course proper. He broke 22 [seconds for the last 400m] without being touched and without his blinkers.”
Defending champion Trapeze Artist might be favourite but his trainer Gerald Ryan looked to the darkened skies and mentioned one horse.
“Redzel loves Randwick, loves this sort of ground and will be ready to rumble,” Ryan said. “My bloke is going as good as he has ever gone, but you have to respect Redzel because he is just so good.”
The surprise of Redzel running eighth in The Galaxy prompted concerns and sees him not the top pick in betting.
“Everyone is getting worried off one bad run [in The Galaxy],” Snowden said. “We erred by not riding him forward. We had 60kg and copped a bump and just couldn’t pick in the straight.
“This is a different race. It is weight-for-age and that’s where everyone is equal and he has shown that he is up with the best and he will show it again.”
Redzel could jump at his longest price in almost two years, but a man who holds two aces in his TJ Smith deck has warned Redzel looms as a major threat in the feature sprint of The Championships.
They know how to get their horses ready on the day so he’ll be a big threat.
Anthony Freedman’s son Sam, who helps put the polish on classy speedsters Santa Ana Lane and Shoals, has given a glowing endorsement of two-time The Everest hero Redzel repeating his feats from spring.
Redzel was being shopped as a $8.50 chance with BetEasy on Thursday, giving legitimate rise to his starting at a price not seen for almost two years.
The rainy conditions which prevailed in Sydney on Thursday will only fuel hopes Redzel can swell his career earnings to almost $17 million.
“I think Osborne Bulls was very good in the Newmarket and if it gets to heavy it’s hard to go past Redzel,” Sam Freedman said.
“I know he was plain last start, but similarly before The Everest he was pretty ordinary beforehand in the Premiere and he came out and won [the big one]. They know how to get their horses ready on the day, so he’ll be a big threat. I dare say Osborne Bulls and Redzel will be the biggest worries.”
The Freedmans have prepared two of the most underrated horses in the country over the past couple of years, picking up a swag of group 1s, but still probably haven’t received the credit they arguably deserve.
But Shoals could potentially put an exclamation mark on her career and Santa Ana Lane could add to his resume before an international campaign in the richest open age sprint in Australia outside of The Everest.
“They don’t need any sort of media attention,” Freedman said. “Our stable knows they’re good horses and their owners know that they’re good horses. They’ve won good races and won good prizemoney. Shoals has got an amazing pedigree and being a three-time group 1 winner she’s worth anything with a family like hers.”
Shoals started favourite in last year’s The Everest on a bog track, but struggled in the going as Santa Ana Lane also laboured on the bottomless surface.
“It was the grand final and you hope to turn up on an even playing field with nice conditions, but it’s up to the weather gods a lot of time,” Freedman said.
“I remember the downpour between the Consolation [Sydney Stakes] and The Everest. You’re hopeful they will get through it, but that day it was bottomless. They were both slow away and it took a little bit of sting out of them after the run.
“A [Soft] 6 or 7 would be perfect for our horses, but any wetter than that it plays into the hands of wet trackers. A bit of give would be perfect. Both horses have won on heavy before, but they [don’t relish].”
VRC Spint winner Santa Ana Lane was rated a $7 chance with BetEasy, shading Shoals ($11) in early markets. Canterbury Stakes winner Trapeze Artist ($4.20) topped Osborne Bulls ($4.60) for early favouritism.
By Adam Pengilly & Chris Roots – Sydney Morning Herald
TRIPLE CROWN SYNDICATIONS will have two representatives in Group 1 action on the weekend, as Redzel and Dothraki target showpiece sprints in both Sydney and Melbourne.
The Everest Champion will be staying in Sydney following the publication of the weights and barrier draw for the Galaxy Handicap over 1100m at Rosehill, where he will carry 59.5kg and will jump from Barrier 6, instead of travelling to Melbourne for the William Reid, in which Dothraki will be wearing The Red silks.
Redzel’s principal target this campaign is the Group 1 TJ Smith on April 6 over 1200m at Randwick, and co-trainer Peter Snowden has one eye on the $2.5million race heading into Saturday’s engagement at Rosehill.
“We know he’s got to give away weight to the others in the race but he’s been carrying 59.5kg day in day out, so he’ll handle that himself no problem,” said Snowden.
“It’s all about getting him to the TJ Smith in the best possible shape and staying in Sydney, the 1100m, it all adds up to Redzel arriving in peak condition on April 6.
“He’ll be competitive here and he actually ran very well first up in the Challenge Stakes in the circumstances. He’ll take benefit from that and we’re confident he will be competitive on Saturday despite giving weight all round.”
The Group 1 action starts on the Friday night for Triple Crown and our owners, as Dothraki drew a perfect alley for the $500,000 William Reid at Moonee Valley from barrier 4.
The eight-year-old backs up after his effort in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington, and looks ideally suited to the 1200m of the Valley.
“He’ll certainly be a chance and the barrier draw only helps his cause. He’s been racing at the top level for five or six years now and he’s a seasoned campaigner who’s maintaining his form extremely well.
“He deserves to be up at this level and if everything works out according to plan he won’t be too far away.”
Triple Crown will have four horses in Stakes action across the weekend, with Military Zone joining Redzel at Rosehill for the Listed Darby Munro Stakes over 1200m, while at Albury’s two-day feature Carnival Emperor’s Way will be seeking victory in the Albury Cup on Friday.
CHAMPION SPRINTER Redzel looks set stay in Sydney for his next start as he targets the Group 1 Galaxy Handicap at Rosehill on Golden Slipper Day.
The two-time Everest winner was a bob-of-the-head second on his return in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes a fortnight ago, and after being allocated 59.5kg for the 1100m Group 1 event, the likely destination for the six-year-old will be to head to Rosehill on Saturday, subject to the barrier draw, instead of travelling to Melbourne for the Group 1 William Reid at Moonee Valley on Friday evening.
Redzel’s preparation has been centred around a second tilt at the $1.5 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes on April 6 at Randwick, a race he finished a brave 2nd in 12 months ago. And co-trainer Peter Snowden sites this in his reasoning behind keeping the leading son of Snitzel in his home city.
“I want to stay here really, so more than likely he’ll run in the Galaxy unless he draws 18 of 18,” said Snowden to Racing.com. “He’ll have 59.5kg so he’ll have a fair bit of weight. But I am just looking at the next start – The TJ Smith – that’s the important race.
“It’s all about getting it right for the following race and this looks the best path to get him there in the best order.
Redzel carried 54.5kg when runner-up in the race to Russian Revolution in 2017, but Snowden is not worried by the weight the horse will carry.
“If you don’t have to do it, you don’t have to do it. Although the Moonee Valley race is very tempting because it’s at weight-for-age and he’s much better off than he is here under handicap conditions, but it just saves that float trip.
“It’s 20 hours on the float, then he’s got to back up two weeks later so you probably just don’t need to do it.
“He carries weight very good. He’s carried that every start for the last three years. It’s not going to worry him but if you are going to give a lot weight away, on testing ground, it could be tough. That’s Handicap racing.”
MOSS TRIP’S lovely return from a long spell has forced Team Snowden to change her autumn plans and head to Saturday’s Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens.
The Mossman four-year-old ran a super race behind White Moss last month in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) and Peter Snowden and son Paul immediately decided to give her a crack at the highest level.
“It hasn’t been an ideal preparation,” Peter Snowden said. “She came back pretty late and I wasn’t keen to go to the Coolmore but I was so impressed with her run in the Millie Fox.
“To get to the Coolmore, though, I knew she needed a bit more work, so I gave her a nice solid trial (March 7) and she came on really well from that and it might be enough to get her to this race.”
Tommy Berry rides her for the first time in a race after trialling her last week over 1200m.
Moss Trip really came of age this time last year when she won the Inglis 3YO Guineas at Scone’s carnival.
Before that she ran a close fifth behind Shoals in the Group 1 Surround Stakes. She will have to at her best to win on Saturday with a very strong, and likely capacity, field of mares taking part in a race that’s always tight.
“She’s such a tough filly and only has to carry 52kg so with that sort of weight on her back, she’s got a hope,” Snowden said. “She’s come back a lot stronger and the trip away last preparation really seasoned her so don’t be surprised to see her run well.
“It’s going to be a great race and she’s certainly not out of it.”
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TRIPLE CROWN stalwart Dothraki heads a four-pronged Triple Crown Stakes attack this weekend as he returns to Group 1 company for the first time in three years when taking on the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington.
In Sydney, the Red silks have three Stakes challengers, as Everest Champion Redzel returns in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes, while 2YO filly Belitsa has her Slipper credentials tested in the Reisling Stakes, and Emperor’s Way could be set for the Randwick City Cup.
Dothraki, now at the evergreen age of eight, last took on a race at the top level during a Group 1 campaign which culminated in a fifth-place finish in the Doomben 10,000 in May 2016, after missing out by a head to Malaguerra in the BTC Cup a fortnight earlier.
Yet he returns here in arguably the best form of his career, securing a maiden Group 2 success down the straight at Flemington in the Bobbie Lewis in September last year, and arrives here off the back of Stakes placed efforts at Group 2 and 3 level, and a third-placing in the Magic Millions Sprint in January.
The leading son of Mossman has earned over $1.6 million in prizemoney since his purchase from the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling June Sale for $45,000 in 2012.
Dothraki led from the front when just gunned down by Eckstein in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes on February 16, and co-trainer Peter Snowden is delighted with how the veteran campaigner is progressing heading into Saturday’s Group 1 feature.
“He continues to work excellent and is in great order heading towards Saturday,” said Snowden. “It’s a track he really likes and he’s going down there as good as he can be.
“He’s had an excellent preparation so far, running very consistently and thoroughly deserves his chance at this level and he’ll be very competitive once more no doubt.”
REDZEL makes his return to the racetrack on Saturday when taking on the Challenge Stakes at Royal Randwick, a race he won in track-record time 12 months ago, and trainer Peter Snowden is confident he can repeat the feat once more.
The dual Everest winner is targeting the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes on April 6 as his major prize this campaign, and had an extended break in the paddock, bypassing the Lightning Stakes in favour of returning here over 1000m for the Group 2 contest.
The leading son of Snitzel hunted down Jungle Edge and Super Two to claim this contest last year, blazing the turf to win in track record time, adding to his track record over the 1100m at Randwick achieved in The Shorts.
He takes on another small but select field on Saturday, with Redzel moving into Barrier 4 in the 6-runner contest following the scratching of Jonker.
Redzel cruised to a four-length trial victory at Canterbury on February 25, and co-trainer Peter Snowden says there’ll be improvement to come from the six-year-old as he heads into a second-up run that will either be in the Group 1 Galaxy Handicap or Group 1 William Reid.
“Redzel is working really well ahead of the Challenge Stakes on Saturday,” said Snowden. “It’s only a small field but it’s a select field.
“He’s come through his trial well and while there’s room for improvement coming out of Saturday, I’m more than confident he’ll run really well.
“If there’s a bit of rain around that certainly won’t hurt him, but I’m looking forward to him returning on Saturday.”
CANTERBURY winner Belitsa is deserving of her chance in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes at Randwick on Saturday, says trainer Peter Snowden, as she has her credentials tested with the Golden Slipper just a fortnight away.
The two-year-old daughter of Rubick scored second-up at Canterbury on February 22 when toughing out an all-the-way success, and Snowden says that steely temperament will take her a long way.
“Belitsa worked strongly this morning and I’m happy with her heading into Saturday,” said Snowden. “It’s a strong race but they all are this time of year and there’s no escaping it.
“She deserves this crack at a nice race and she gets her chance on Saturday. The barrier draw helps her cause but she’s just such an honest filly and that will take her a long way.
“She’s come on again since her win at Canterbury and I think we can expect her to run a nice race in what’s tough company.”
Best of luck to all Triple Crown owners on this busy weekend of action!
REDZEL tore away at the Canterbury trials on Monday morning in a blistering display of speed in Heat 4, where he defeated the Group 1 placed Godolphin charge Viridine by a four-length margin.
The dual Everest title holder and Champion Sprinter makes his return in Saturday week’s Group 2 Challenge Stakes, a race he won in track-record time in 2018 over the 1000m at Randwick.
This was the second of two trials for the two-time Group 1 winner, who will target victory in the prestigious Group 1 TJ Smith during an autumn preparation that will likely see him return in an attempt to reclaim his Group 1 Doomben 10,000 crown.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden was happy with where his star sprinter is at, with 11 days until the Challenge Stakes, and six weeks before the TJ Smith showdown.
“That was a good trial today,” said Snowden. “We just asked that bit more of him and he gave plenty.
“He was full of zest, he bounced and jumped well and travelled nicely within himself. Kerrin asked him for that effort and he stretched away so a very satisfactory piece of work.
“He’s in good order, I’m happy with where he’s at and he’ll be ready for two weeks’ time.”
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy echoed the trainer’s sentiments.
“I was really pleased with that,” said the Melbourne Cup and Everest winning jockey. “He was very relaxed today but he got out and the further the trial went on the better he got.
“He switched on and felt very nice when just asked to quicken up today, doing his best work inside the last furlong. I’m really looking forward to getting on him again for the Challenge.”
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Indeed, his first two dams on the page are Stakes placed, with granddam CELTIC BLOOM a two time place-getter at Group 3 level. She has had four foals to race, all of which are winners including the Stakes placed dam of our colt, FIRST BLOOM.
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TWO-YEAR-OLD filly Belitsa sent her owners into raptures as she captured the Summer Nights Racing Handicap in the opener at Canterbury on Friday night.
Springing the gates from barrier 9, jockey Tommy Berry took Belitsa to the front of proceedings and dictated from the front in the 1200m contest, showing her steely toughness to hold off all-comers to win by a quarter of a length.
After an encouraging debut second at Gosford on January 30, that form was subsequently franked by the winner, who took second in the Pierro Plate at Randwick last Saturday, and Belitsa showed she had good ability here with a fine win.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden praised her mental toughness as took the $22,000 winners cheque.
“That’s a great result,” said Snowden. “She tried very hard and showed good mental toughness doing it the hard way from the front.
“That toughness will take her a long way, but she’s shown she’s got good ability here and we’ll see where that takes her.”
The filly by Rubick was a $100,000 purchase from the Inglis Classic Sale in 2018, and from two starts she has earned almost $40,000 in prizemoney and a lucrative BOBS bonus worth up to $19,250, which owners can put towards future purchases in yearlings.
Congratulations to her great group of owners, and here’s to further success with Belitsa!