Redzel to get his head around Rosehill

By Caryl Williamson

What Redzel lacks in race sense he makes up for in ability and trainer Peter Snowden believes that will take him a long way.

But Snowden is realistic about the colt’s chances in Saturday’s Group Three San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill which features the much-anticipated return of Golden Slipper winner Vancouver.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Vancouver is the $2.20 favourite in early markets with punters also impressed by Redzel’s potential, keeping him safe at $4.60 second elect.

The colt had two starts for Gerald Ryan as a two-year-old, beating San Domenico rival Japonisme before running third in the Group Three Kindergarten Stakes won by Furnaces.

Since being transferred to Snowden and his son Paul, Redzel has won a 1050m-barrier trial.

“He is lacking race sense but he has got ability,” Snowden said.

“It won’t surprise me if he runs a good race but he is taking on the heavyweights here.

Vancouver and Headwater, they are A-Graders and he has a little way to go. He is very new in the head but he is a strong athletic horse.

“I was happy with his trial and I’ve been very happy with what I see on the track.”

While many of his rivals are using the San Domenico as a stepping stone to the $1 million Golden Rose on September 12, Snowden said Redzel’s pedigree and his demeanour suggested trips shorter than 1400 metres would be his forte.

“He has a fast pedigree and I’m not sure where we go but he is most likely to be kept to shorter trips,” he said.

A field of eight will start in the San Domenico with the Chris Waller-trained Japonisme at $5 to win his fourth consecutive race while the Ryan-trained King’s Troop at $7.50.

Headwater, fifth in the Golden Slipper for Hawkes Racing is an $8 chance.

Snowden said Pride Of Dubai, winner of the Group One Blue Diamond Stakes and ATC Sires’ Produce, was likely to run in a barrier trial next week.