The Group 3 $150,000 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on Saturday looks like being a first up option for Redzel who will be chasing a slot in the $10m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 14.
The Group 2 $200,000 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick on September 16 was being considered as Redzel’s Spring Carnival pipe opener but co-trainer Paul Snowden said the Doomben 10000 winner would be nominated for the Concorde Stakes this weekend.
“We will nom him for Saturday in the Concorde and then that will determine where he goes, if he goes to Melbourne for the Moir,” Paul Snowden said.
“We have to space his runs out so if he won both of them or even if he only won the Moir it has to afford him a slot in The Everest.”
“That will only come on how his performances are this time in and it will paint a clearer picture as we go along.”
The Group 1 $500,000 Moir Stakes (1000m) will be run at The Valley in Melbourne on September 29.
Redzel races under the Triple Crown Syndications banner and Snowden, who trains in partnership with his faith Peter, said that the syndicator’s managers Chris and Michael Ward will have to negotiate a slot for the flying Snitzel five year old.
“Michael and Chris have to source that out and do the deal,” Paul Snowden said.
“There’s about four I think available. James Harron has one, it is stable connected, but he may use that for his horse Pariah and after the Golden Rose we will know where we are going with him.”
“You have to keep winning and prove to the other slot holders that you are worthy enough to take in it.”
“Chautauqua is the best sprinter in Australia, so he deserves his spot, the others have to come back and prove themselves .”
Pariah returned to the race track in dynamic form with a first up win in the Group 3 $150,000 TPG Telecom San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill last Saturday and will now progress towards the Group 1 $1m De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on September 23.
His performance in the Golden Rose will determine if he steps up in distance again and heads to Melbourne for the Group 1 $2m Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 14 or gets freshened up for The Everest.
Redzel has trialled twice at Randwick for a fifth and a won in preparation for his first run back after winning the Group 1 $700,000 James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10000 (1200m) at Doomben during the 2017 Brisbane Winter Carnival.
Redzel is currently listed at $17 for The Everest at Ladbrokes.com.au while the Team Hawkes trained Chautauqua sits at the top of the market order at $4.60 just ahead of Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign.
The Peters and Paul Snowden trained Russian Revolution is also a proven Group 1 performer with a win in the $700,000 Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill during the 2017 Sydney Autumn Carnival and is also well in commission at $13 for The Everest.
Early market order for the 2017 The Everest at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4.60 Chautauqua, $6 She Will Reign, $11 English, Houtzen, Vega Magic, $13 Menari, Russian Revolution, $15 Spieth, Pariah, Redkirik Warrior, $17 Brave Smash, Redzel, $21 Tulip, $26 Clearly Innocent, Limato, Formality, Fell Swoop, Terravista, $33 Bound For Nowhere, $34 Jukebox, Black Heart Bart, Global Glamour, Le Romain, $41 Derryn, Omei Sword, $51 or better the rest.