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Redzel Leads Impressive Melbourne Squad

Feb 14, 2018

Snowden Racing is eyeing unprecedented victories in all four of Melbourne's Group 1 open sprints this autumn starting with the stable's No. 1 seed Redzel in Saturday's $750,000 Black Caviar Lightning at Flemington.

Trainer Peter Snowden confirmed on Monday that last year's unrivalled champion sprinter would travel via float from Sydney to Melbourne on Wednesday and was in the right order to continue his winning spree, which currently stands at six after his whitewash through the spring.

Redzel was emphatic in his bid to take the mantle of Australia's best sprinter with hollow wins in the inaugural The Everest and then the Darley Classic at Flemington and Snowden said on Monday that the horse had hardly gone backwards in 2018.

"He's had two very impressive trials, he's got the runs on the board and he seems to me to be as good as ever," Snowden said.

"I know it's a Lightning and they are hard to win but it's hard not being confident when you've got a horse like him."

The Lightning is shaping as being a small and select line-up after just 13 nominations were received on Monday.

Snowden said Redzel will return to Sydney after Saturday before the stable decides whether to return for the G1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley in March or stay in Sydney and concentrate solely on the T.J. Smith Stakes in April.

He said Russian Revolution would travel down to Melbourne next week for a shot at the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield on February 24 after he impressed with a comfortable second placing in a 1000-metre trial at Randwick on Monday morning.

Snowden said Russian Revolution had also returned from a spell in the right order to win a Group 1, with jockey Kerrin McEvoy was more than pleased with his trial behind Dixie Blossoms.

Also trialling impressively at Randwick on Monday morning was the stable's San Domenico Stakes winner Pariah, who 12 months ago ran a brave second to Catchy in the Blue Diamond Stakes.

Pariah is not yet a winner at the elite level so is potentially being kept for the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington on March 10.

Words: Racing.com (Andrew Eddy) Image courtesy: Bradley Photographers

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