Redzel stakes claim as world’s best sprinter

“He’s not getting the respect he deserves.” That was Peter Snowden’s verdict on The Everest winner Redzel before the Darley Classic on Saturday. He does now.

In a scintillating performance Redzel proved that phenomenal success in the world’s richest race on turf a month ago was no fluke, as he once again dismantled a strong field of sprinters to lay claim to being the world’s best over the sprint distance.

Electric out of the gates as always, Redzel went straight to the front on the stands’ side where Kerrin McEvoy rated the son of Snitzel to perfection, proving too strong over the concluding 600m for any other rival.

Redzel’s second Group 1 success marked a sixth victory in succession for the five-year-old, taking total career earnings to $7,797,750 for the $120k Magic Millions Yearling Sale graduate.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden said to, “I thought he proved himself at The Everest. He keeps stepping up and proving all the doubters wrong and keeps delivering a professional performance.

“He jumped, led, he’s all speed – sustained speed – and he finishes his races off. I don’t think he was ever headed and it’s a dominant win again.

“You can make good horses but this fella is so easy to train. He does everything he’s asked and what we’ve found is that when we space his runs he comes to life.”

While Snowden confirmed that there will be no Magic Millions bid for Redzel, the trainer said no further plans had been established, and did not rule out the prospect of going overseas with the dual Group 1 winner.

“I’ve got to map a plan out,” said Snowden. “He’ll be coming over to Sydney tomorrow night and will be given a two-three week break.

“He is a Magic Millions horse but I think it will be just too hot to take him there, so we’re more likely to kick off mid-February or early March.

“The owners have already said that they already want another go at The Everest, there’s no need to travel when we’ve got so much money here, but who knows.”