Mar 20, 2019
Dual Everest winner Redzel is likely to take on history and run in Sydney this Saturday in preference to a potential hit-and-run raid on The Valley on Friday night.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden said on Monday he was leaning towards a run in the $700,000 Group 1 Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill despite knowing that topweights have an awful record in the race and his horse has already been lumped with the huge handicap of 59.5kg.
"I want to stay here really, so more than likely he’ll run in the Galaxy unless he draws 18 of 18," Snowden said.
"He’ll have 59.5kg so he’ll have a fair bit of weight. But just I am looking at the next start – the T.J. (Smith) – that's the important race.
"It’s all about getting it right for the following race and this looks the best path to get him there in the best order."
The $500,000 Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at The Valley on Friday night appears a softer landing for the elite sprinter as it is to be run at weight-for-age.
However, Snowden said logistically, it was not an ideal scenario just two weeks out from the horse’s autumn grand final – the $2.5 million T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.
"If you don’t have to do it, you don’t have to do it," Snowden said.
"Although the Moonee Valley race is very tempting because it’s at weight-for-age and he’s much better off than he is here under handicap conditions, but it just saves that float trip.
"It’s 20 hours on the float. Ten hours down and 10 more back. Then he’s got to back-up two weeks later so you probably just don’t need to do it.
"He carries weight very good. He’s carried that every start for the last three years.
"It’s not going to worry him but if you are going to give a lot of weight away, on testing ground, it could be tough. That’s handicap racing."
Galaxy topweights past 10 years
2018: Le Romain (7th) - 58kgs
2017: Music Magnate (12th) - 58kgs
2016: Terravista (9th) - 58kgs
2015: Sweet Idea (1st) - 55.5kgs (two topweights Famous Seamus and Tiger Tees scratched)
2014: Bel Sprinter (8th) - 58kgs
2013: Sea Sired (8th) - 56kgs
2012: Mic Mac (6th) - 58kgs
2011: Swift Alliance (6th) - 58kgs
2010: Gold Trail (5th) and Typhoon Zed (13th) - 58kgs
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