Jun 24, 2019
Redzel will get the chance to make it a hat-trick of Everest crowns in October after Yulong Investments decided to stick with the outstanding sprinter in its slot for the $14 million race.
With options running out, Yulong boss Yuesheng Zhang decided that the first option was the best and signed a deal with Triple Crown for Redzel, who won the inaugural Everest in 2017 and defended his title last year.
“We won the race with Redzel last year and Mr Zhang was always had him near the top of his list,” Yulong chief operating officer Sam Fairgray said. “He has proven himself the best sprinter in the Everest for the past two years and you know what you are getting."
“He can go on wet and dry ground, and Mr Zhang wanted to stick with him.
"He's trained by the Snowdens, who are brilliant at getting horses to peak on the big day. ”
Redzel ran in Yulong's slot last year and set off wild celebrations from Triple Crown and Yulong when he led all the way.
Even though he has controlled the first two Everests from the front and dominated the race, Redzel was the seventh horse picked for a slot in The Everest in 2019.
He is a $15 chance for the threepeat. TJ Smith winner Santa Ana Lane is the $5 favourite and will run for the TAB this year. The field so far is made up of four-year-olds Sunlight, Classique Legend, Arcadia Queen and All Aged Stakes winner Pierata.
Redzel becomes the first horse selected for all three Everests, and Triple Crown’s Chris Ward is hoping for the winning feeling again.
“It is a very special race to our owners, and us obviously, and to have a spot in it again is fantastic,” Ward said.
“This race has been juggernaut in the past two years and we have been lucky to be a big part of it with Redzel.
“You always dream of winning a group 1, and when you do it something very special.
“But the Everest is 10 times as good as winning a group 1 because of everything that’s with it. It is just a massive event and it is great to be part of it again.”
Redzel hasn’t won since beating Trapeze Artist and Osborne Bulls in last year's Everest, with his autumn campaign plagued with small problems.
Peter Snowden likes what he has seen since Redzel has been back in the stable for the past three weeks and believes he will be a different horse in the spring.
“Mr Zhang has always been keen on him and we were able to tell him that he has come back well,” Snowden said. “We gave him his first piece of evens work and he was very keen, as he has been since coming back into the stable.
“He has never been unsound but he had a few issues there last time in and the break has done him good.”
Kerrin McEvoy has ridden Redzel to his Everest victories but is also the regular rider for Classique Legend.
"We would hope that Kerrin will be part of the team again," Ward said. "He has been a part of this from the start."
Meanwhile, the Racing NSW board will meet on Wednesday to decided what to do with the Damion Flower's slot, which he has forfeited after being charged with drug offences.
“We have looked a couple of other horses and overseas but why go there when you can get the horse that has won the Everest for the past two years.
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