Redzel storms to trial win ahead of star field

REDZEL showed every indication he is capable of extending his unbeaten run of six when he lines up in Saturday week’s Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes at Flemington as he tore apart a trial field featuring supermare Winx as well as Group 1 winners English, Egg Tart and Alizee, recording an emphatic three length victory in Heat 1 at Rosehill.

In the star-studded trial over 1000m, The Everest winner contributed almost $8 Million in prizemoney to a field with total Stakes earning of over $32 Million.

Redzel, who on his most recent start won the Group 1 Darley Classic on the famous Flemington straight, took improvement from the addition of his usual headgear and was given more of a squeeze from regular rider Kerrin McEvoy, who reported the five-year-old to have returned in great order.

“He feels very nice,” said McEvoy. “His action feels great and his temperament too.

“He had a nice little blow pulling up and will come on nicely from that run.

“He handled himself very well and once we turned into the straight he switched on and went away. All I had to do was cuddle him and let him improve that last hundred, but he feels great.”

Co-trainer Peter Snowden was delighted with the run, and says he’s right on track ahead of his tilt at a third Group 1 triumph.

“It was what we wanted to see,” said Snowden. His first trial was a soft one two weeks ago and this one was more of a pipe opener. The race is twelve days away and for these Group 1’s you need to be really prepared.

“Down the straight at Flemington, albeit over 1000m, you need to be really wound up and that gallop this morning in just perfect.

“He’ll go down just four days before. He’s been there quite a few times now and he knows our stable well at Flemington.

“He’s only got to hold his form from last prep and hopefully that’ll be enough. To me eye I think he’s just a touch better, but maybe that’s just wishful thinking! But what I saw this morning was really good work.”


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