Redzel zips through trackwork ahead of TJ Smith Stakes
BREAKFAST with the Stars certainly was a feast as Redzel kicked off proceedings with a solid hit out on the course proper, with just four days until the $2.5 Million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick.
Working over 800m, Redzel was kept under a hold by Kerrin McEvoy, and clocked a swift 34.5 seconds for his final 600m.
The five-year-old is the $2.30 favourite for the race after getting back to winning ways in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes where he broke the track record over 1000m, becoming the first horse in modern history to hold two track records at a single racecourse, with Redzel also breaking the track record over 1100m in The Shorts in the lead up to The Everest.
The barrier draw was concluded this morning with Redzel drawing Barrier 6 in a final field of 14.
Peter Snowden was happy with his work and shortly after spoke to Racing NSW.
“He has a great action and really does cover the ground well,’’ Snowden said.
“In his trial last week I thought he went a bit steady in the first bit and he ran 58 flat. He never looks to be doing that sort of work but that’s what makes him the horse he is.
“He makes hard work look very easy. He’s not a big horse but he has a good stride and is very efficient.
“I wanted to make sure his work was spot on and I didn’t want to work him again.’’
Leading jockey Kerrin McEvoy was once again piloting Redzel, and he was delighted with the feel he gave him.
“He’s always a good worker,” said McEvoy to Racing NSW. “He showed he’s in good order since his nice solid trial about 10 days ago. It’s just how you want their last bit of work.’’