Redzel produced another stellar sprinting performance to take out the 2017 The Everest at Royal Randwick this afternoon.
There has been no more improved horse in Australia in the past 12 months than Redzel and he stamped himself as one of the best sprinters in Australia with a truly stellar effort.
It was Houtzen that took up the running in the early stages of The Everest and Redzel settled right on his tail in the perfect position, while Vega Magic was caught wide.
Redzel quickly hit the front at the top of the straight when asked for an extra effort and he never looked like being caught – with Vega Magic running on for second once the race was all over.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy gave Redzel a peach of a ride and he was clearly delighted to have taken out The Everest, but the typically humble hoop was quick to pay credit to the training performance of Team Snowden.
“He is a little star,” McEvoy said.
“I am so privileged to be involved with these horses for Peter & Paul Snowden.
“They are master horsemen and they have been so patient with this fellow early in his career and it is paying the dividends now.
“What a race it is to win, it is so exciting and such a huge buzz.”
Redzel made a slow start to his racing career and it has only been in the past 12 months that he has established himself as a genuine Group 1 performer.
Co-trainer Paul Snowden said that breaking up the runs of Redzel has proved to be the difference marker for the talented gelding and both members of Team Snowden were overwhelmed with emotion to take out the $10 million race.
“I had to look to remind myself this morning – he is only five and he is pretty much at the peak of his career,” Paul Snowden said.
“He has a couple of years left in him at the top level now and it is all before him.
“12 months ago was the turning point – we decided to train him differently and space his runs.
“He puts lot into his work and a lot into his racing, so something had to give.
“We just decided to space them out and that is just ideal for this horse.
“We have been bubbling with excitement all week.”
Vega Magic had no luck in running and was still able to power home for second, while Japanese sprinter Brave Smash returned to his best form in third.