Trainer Peter Snowden is tipping a bright future for Redzel after the smart three year old performed well in a 900m barrier trial at Rosehill today.
Redzel with Brenton Avdulla in the saddle finished a tidy third behind Sooboog and Happy Galaxy at his first public appearance since running fifth to Counterattack in the Listed $100,000 Schweppes Heritage Stakes (1100m) at Randwick last September.
While Snowden is happy to kick off the three year old’s campaign in restricted company, the top line trainer is confident the Snitzel gelding will be competitive in higher class in the future.
“I want to start him off in a benchmark race, he needs to build his confidence so we won’t be going in to the deep end first-up,” Snowden said.
“He might be a different horse now that he is gelded.”
Avdulla told the puntersshow.com.au that he was happy with the trial of Redzel and expects the Snowdens to have him primed for a solid first up performance when he returns to the track on race day.
“He left the gates well and just tucked him in behind the speed,” Avdulla said.
“They didn’t go overly quickly in the trial but he travelled really comfortably for me.”
“Just as he straightened up I gave him a little click along and he really worked to the line nicely.”
“I haven’t had much to do with him. To me he is in a good frame of mind and has a good attitude about him and he is going well.”
“He will take good improvement off his trial today so it just depends if Pete wants to give him another trial or not. I am sure when he sends him to the races he will be very competitive.”
Redzel showed a heap of promise during his two year old season and after scoring a three lengths win on debut in a two year old Maiden at Warwick Farm in March last year, finished a nice third behind Furnaces and Regatta Rebel in the Group 3 $200,000 Widden Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) at Randwick on April 6.
But then as an early season three year old, Redzel failed to progress and was well beaten at his next three starts over the Spring.
A fifth to Japonisme in the Group 3 $125,000 Smithfield RSL Club San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on August 15 was followed by another fifth to Exosphere in the Group 2 $175,000 MTA NSW The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill a fortnight later.
Redzel then had one more Spring Carnival run for a fifth in the Heritage Stakes.