An easy trial at Randwick this morning has Doomben 10,000 winner Redzel on track to kick off his 2017 Spring Carnival campaign in the Group 1 $500,000 Moir Stakes (1000m) at The Valley on September 29.
Redzel was having his first public appearance since winning the Group 1 $700,000 James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10000 (1200m) at Doomben on May 13 and co-trainer Peter Snowden said that the Snitzel five year old will have another trial before heading to Melbourne for the Moir Stakes.
“It was a good trial,” Snowden said.
“He was a bit fresh in himself but you’d expect that. He’s gained a lot of condition and has come back in stronger.
“He’ll have one more trial which will bring him up to the mark and he’ll be ready to go.”
Redzel was one of the first to leave the barriers and Blake Shinn let him take up his favourite position in the lead in the early stages before his stablemate Russian Revolution joined him soon after.
Russian Revolution scouted wide on the home turn but Shinn had a good hold on Redzel who went to the line under his own steam to finish in fifth position, just under a length behind the winner Dixie Blossoms who finished strongly from back in the field.
Shinn reported after the trial that he was very pleased with Redzel’s trial and is looking forward to seeing him return in the Moir Stakes.
“He trialled lovely,” Shinn said.
“He began really well and showed nice speed but wasn’t in a rush. It was his first trial so we weren’t looking to over exert him.
“I didn’t give him a hard time but just enough to clean him out. He felt terrific and he’s come back terrific.
“It’ll be exciting to see him in the Moir where he’ll be a real live chance.”
Redzel is a natural front runner and all his seven wins have been when he was allowed to dictate in front as he showed in winning the Doomben 10,000 and his previous win during the 2017 Sydney Autumn Carnival in the Group 3 $150,000 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 15.
If Redzel could reproduce his Autumn and Winter form in the Spring, he could be a surprise contender for the inaugural running of the $10m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 14.