Redzel ‘right on track’ after trial return

ALL eyes were on the Rosehill Barrier Trials this morning as The Everest winner Redzel returned and went up against superstar mare Winx in a star-studded trial that also featured Victorian Derby winner Ace High and Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist.

In what was a quiet first hit out of the preparation for the dual Group 1 winner, Redzel jumped with his usual zest and led the field up deep into the 900m trial, before being guided to the line under a hold from Josh Parr to finish in seventh, 2.7 lengths from the winner Trapeze Artist and a half-length off Winx who was given an equally easy time to finish sixth.

The field boasted combined career earnings of over $28 Million, as the stars of the Autumn Carnival start to see their preparations take shape.

Co-trainer Paul Snowden says Redzel has done everything right since returning to work, and will have one further trial before taking on the Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington on February 17.

“Redzel was good today,” said Paul Snowden. “Today wasn’t about breaking any records, it’s about just getting him back to the races.

“This was his first trial back and he’ll trial again on February 5. Josh [Par] was under instructions to not let him go, which he never did. He’s had a good day, a good sweat and we’re going to get everything that we wanted out of today.

“There’s no doubt he’s going to step it up in the lead up to the February 17 [The Lightning Stakes].”

Jockey Josh Parr was delighted with the feel the leading son of Snitzel gave him.

“He was really good,” said Parr. “He showed nice speed and good intensity to lead. He traveled nicely on the bit and I didn’t let him go from there.

“I’m really pleased with how he feels and he’ll take benefit from that trial. He’s right on track.”