Trainer Peter Snowden can’t fault the condition of Redzel as he fronts up for back to back wins in the Group 1 $1m VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Redzel was the winner of the sprint down the Flemington straight last year when it was called the Darley Classic and the front running sprinter heads back to Flemington after making it consecutive wins in the $13m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick a month ago.
Co-trainers Peter and Paul Snowden saw Redzel win an 850m barrier trial at Randwick on October 30 following his all the way win in The Everest and Peter Snowden said the six year old looks in fantastic condition.
“He’s come through his Everest win really well,” Peter Snowden said on the Triple Crown Syndications website.
“He’s been bright in his work and still looks fantastic in himself.
“He backed up really well in this race last time and his preparation for this has been spot on.
“He worked well Tuesday and his trial was just what we wanted so I’m very happy with the horse.
“He’s a professional when it comes to travelling now so he’ll settle in quickly at Melbourne and I’m looking forward to another good run on Saturday.”
Redzel has drawn barrier eight in the fourteen horse VRC Sprint Classic field with regular rider, Melbourne Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy, in the saddle again.
Betting for the VRC Sprint Classic at Ladbrokes.com.au has Redzel marked as the $5 favourite ahead of Pierata and Kementari who share the second line of betting at $6.50.
Pierata has drawn barrier three with Tommy Berry in the saddle and the Greg Hickman trained four year old is coming off a last start win in the Group 3 $500,000 Camera House Sydney Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Everest Day.
The James Cummings trained Kementari was caught near the tail of the field before flashing home to run third to Brave Smash in the Group 1 $1m Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes (1200m) at The Valley a fortnight ago and will be ridden again by Glyn Schofield from gate nine.