Classy sprinter Redzel has been confirmed to take the James Harron Bloodstock slot in the inaugural running of the $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on October 14th.
The five-year-old returned to the races for a dominant win over a small, but classy field in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) with 60kgs in tow on September 2nd and it appeared only a matter of time until the horse would be confirmed in The Everest field.
Chris Ward from Redzel’s syndicator Triple Crown was delighted that the horse has confirmed a berth in The Everest and is confident he will prove extremely hard to beat.
“Redzel has had a meteoric rise over the last 12 months,” Ward said in a media statement.
“This has seen him record a Group 1 win in the Doomben 10,000 in May before returning with an emphatic win first up in the Concorde Stakes, producing the highest Time Form rating for that race in the past 20 years.
“Trainer’s Peter and Paul Snowden told us early on he had stepped up to another level again this preparation and it’s an honour to have one of the very best sprinters in the land.”
James Harron echoed Triple Crown’s sentiments and is thrilled to have secured the in-form sprinter for his slot in the country’s richest race.
“On behalf of my owners in the JHB Everest slot we are hugely excited to team up with Triple Crown, Team Snowden and Redzel,” Harron said.
“He’s a fantastically brilliant and consistent sprinter who has won or been second in 11 of his last 13 starts and was scintillating under 60kg in the Concorde last time.
“With Peter and Paul Snowden training, along with Kerrin (McEvoy) riding there’s a superb team behind Redzel for The Everest.”
Redzel has posted a commendable eight wins and five minors throughout his eighteen career starts, since debuting for Gerald Ryan in the autumn of 2015.
Resuming this year for consecutive second-place finishes in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) and Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m), Redzel returned to winning form in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) before posting a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m).
Redzel is currently available at The Everest odds of $9 at Ladbrokes.com.au.