Redzel to defend Doomben 10,000 title

Top-class sprinter Redzel will spend a week in the paddock before starting his build-up towards a Queensland winter carnival campaign.

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained sprinter had his colours lowered for the second time this preparation last Saturday when outgunned by the three-year-old Trapeze Artist in the $2.5m Group I TJ Smith Stakes.

“We had our chance but the race just didn’t pan out how we’d have liked it to,” Peter Snowden said.

“There was one furlong where we just had to do too much work, from the 600 to the 400. We wanted them to cross him but they didn’t and he got running a bit which he doesn’t normally do and ran a 10.2.

“It just softened him more than we’d have liked but as I said, we had our chance.”

Redzel will now be prepared for a trip north with his next start in five weeks.

“He’ll have the week off and then build-up for the Doomben 10,000,” Snowden said.

“He came through Saturday 100 percent.”

Redzel won the Doomben 10,000 last year and will defend his title on May 12 at Doomben.


Words: Racenet

Photo: Bradley Photographers