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Back to back Doomben 10,000 wins by Redzel will more than justify the speedster’s selections to fill Yulong Investments’ slot in the $13m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 13.

Redzel, above, is the early favourite for the 2018 Doomben 10,000 at Doomben. Photo by Steve Hart.

Redzel, above, is the early favourite for the 2018 Doomben 10,000 at Doomben. Photo by Steve Hart.

Redzel is the $2.50 favourite to retain his title in the Group 1 $700,000 Kirin Doomben 10000 (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday and is also the reigning The Everest champion after taking out the inaugural running at Randwick last Spring when racing in James Harron’s slot.

Yulong’s chief operating officer Sam Fairgray said that Redzel has proven his ability in the past with last year’s Everest win and the fact that the Peter And Paul Snowden trained sprinter can handle all conditions prompted Yulong boss Yuesheng Zhang to make the early call.

“Redzel obviously won it last year but he is so adaptable in all conditions. If it is a wet track then it’s not a problem to him,” Fairgray told Racing New South Wales News Desk.

“Mr Zhang also has horses in work with the Snowdens and as far as a trainer who can target a race and get it spot on their record with that is fantastic.’’

“Twelve months ago in Brisbane he showed he was up to the highest level and has continued to show it.’’

“It’s exciting to have a good, tough, honest horse. He creates his own luck and that’s a great asset to have.’’

“We look forward to teaming up with Triple Crown and their syndicate members in this year’s renewal of the Everest.”

Reddzel will have a short break after defending his Doomben 10000 crown before starting his 2018 Spring Carnival campaign that will be highlighted by a return showing in The Everest.

“It was always his intention to run in the 10,000,” Peter Snowden told racing.com.

“We’ll bring him back and run him in two lead-up races leading into The Everest as we did with him last year.”

The 2017 Doomben 10,000 was part of Redzel’s six run winning streak during 2017 that also saw the Snitzel gelding win the Group 1 $1m Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

Redzel resumed in the 2018 Autumn Carnival for a first up second to Redkirk Warrior in the Group 1 $750,000 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington on February 17 followed by a win in the Group 2 $500,000 Hyland Race Colours Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on March 10.

Redzel was then relegated to the runner’s stall again when second to the Gerald Ryan trained Trapeze Artist in the Group 1 $2.5m Darley T J Smith Stakes (1200m) on day one of The Championships at Randwick on April 7.

Early betting for the Doomben 10,000 at Ladbrokes.com.au has Redzel at the top of the market order at $2.50 ahead of The Galaxy winner In Her Time at $3.50 while in The Everest betting Redzel is the second pick at $6 behind the Trapeze Artist at $4.50.

Betting for the 2018 Doomben 10,000 at Ladbrokes.com.au: $2.50 Redzel, $3.50 In Her Time, $9 Impending, $13 Le Romain, $15 Houtzen, $17 Care To Think, English, Spieth, $21 Champagne Cuddles, Most Important, Thronum, $26 The Mission, Voodoo Lad, $34 Danon Liberty, Invincible Gem, Terravista, $41 or better the rest.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.