Aug 06, 2019
The chances of an Everest three-peat firmed on Monday with Redzel’s jockey Kerrin McEvoy declaring it’s 'all systems go' towards October’s $14 million race after a soft trial at Gosford.
Redzel has won the only two Everests to be run but has not won a race since last year’s triumph. However, his performance in the 800-metre trial behind Oakfield Twilight indicated the horse was again ready to peak this spring.
"He felt good," McEvoy said. "He trialled nicely. It was a good first trial back, so he looks on track.
"We’ll get more of a guide on him after his second trial but it’s all systems go."
McEvoy said Redzel, who will trial once more before a return to racing, has always been a strong worker even when his form is patchy so it might not be until he returns to the races before punters know whether he has returned to the peak of his powers.
"He’s always felt good in his work and that was what had us quite bemused with his racecourse runs last preparation and certainly that last one anyway, but he’s work has been fine and we’re happy with how he’s feeling."
Oakfield Twilight might not have much of a record – one win from 18 starts – but there was also some quality in the trial with fellow Everest runner In Her Time, who has the Inglis slot, finishing sixth and her stablemate Graff finishing fifth.
This year's $14m TAB Everest (1200m) will be held at Randwick on October 19.
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