Nov 12, 2017
Star galloper Redzel left no doubt he is Australia’s best sprinter with another dominant display, this time in Saturday's $1 million Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington, recording a second Group 1 victory (following the Doomben 10,000) and sixth straight win after his almighty $10 million Everest success on October 14.
The tough son of Snitzel who just keeps improving with every race start, has already earned $7,797,750 from just 21 starts which includes 11 wins, 4 seconds and a third, is now within reach of the $7,953,936 earned by the undefeated champion Black Caviar.
Gun hoop Kerrin McEvoy once again judged the pace and run to perfection as the field split into two down the famous Flemington straight which can often bring horses undone, however it was business as usual for Redzel who took advantage of the lead from go to whoa along the outside rail and never looked back with 2014 Darley Classic winner Terravista and Impending back in second and third position respectively.
Absolutely delighted with the performance, McEvoy cherished the moment and his partnership with the horse. "He is an unassuming horse and I am surprised where he has got too but he has taken all before him now
"He is racing with great heart and his record is fantastic. He is just getting better and better and that is all due to the fact that the Snowden’s and the Triple Crown boys are patient and they are reaping the rewards now.
"He has a good cruising speed, we had it nice through the first furlong and were going good fractions from the 900m onwards. I pressed the button at the 400 he was too strong for them again.
"He is as adaptable down the straight as he is around a corner. He is a great little horse and I'm rapt to be a part of his career.
"The last win was fantastic and it is great to bring him here during the big week and get a win as well. You cherish these wins."
As a sound five-year-old, Redzel, has plenty left in the tank, an emotional Peter Snowden explained just how proud he was of the achievement.
"I thought he proved he was the best sprinter in Australia with his win in the Everest. He keeps proving all the doubters wrong.
"It's all about the horse. He is so easy to train, he does everything you ask. What we found is that you have to space his runs and give him an easy time between runs and he comes back to life again.
"The owners said they would like to have another go at The Everest, he keeps getting more and more money so there's no need to travel when there's so much money here in Australia.
"He's a five-year-old so hopefully he stays sound and there are another two or three years left in him for Triple Crown and their bunch of fantastic owners.
“He’s such a blessing and makes our jobs look easy. He's a beautiful little horse, with great heart."
Words: Sarah Peatling Image courtesy: RacingPhotos
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