Team Snowden will mapped out a Spring Carnival campaign for front runner Redzel after his all the way win in the Group 1 $700,000 James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10000 (1200m) at Doomben last Saturday.
The Snowdens now have high expectations for Redzel with plenty of Group 1 sprints on offer during the Melbourne Spring Carnival including the $500,000 Moir Stakes (1000m) and the $1m Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley and the 1 $1m Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington.
Redzel will now be sent for a spell and could also be considered to fill a slot in the inaugural running of the $10 million The Everest over 1200m at Randwick in October.
The Triple Crown Syndications owned Redzel had been knocking on the door for a Group 1 win and was beaten a head three starts back when second to stablemate Russian Revolution in the Group 1 $700,000 Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill on March 18.
The Snitzel four year old maintained his good form with a winning front running display to take out the Group 3 $150,000 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 15 and leading Brisbane jockey Jim Byrne use the same tactics to claim the Doomben 10,000.
“The 10,000 is such a time honoured race so it’s a privilege to win it with a horse that really deserved to,” co-trainer Peter Snowden said.
“Full credit to the horse…He’s promised so much and has come a long way. He’s very honest, genuine and deserves every bit of it. It goes to show, if you give them a bit of time and that self-belief, the horse will give everything. There’s wasn’t much between him and Russian Revolution.
“He’s just kept getting stronger and he’s winning races with authority and I’m very proud of him,” added Snowden.
“It’s also great for Triple Crown and their terrific group of owners to be rewarded.”
Byrne went into the Doomben 10,000 with an open plan but the best scenario panned out after Redzel ($9) began brilliantly from barrier three and he was able to dictate the tempo on a soft 7 rated track, a surface that suited the gelding perfectly.
Russian Revolution was sent out as the $3.50 for the Doomben 10,000 and after looming up to challenge for the lead at the 250m, faded in the run to the line to finish fourth, two and three quarter lengths behind the winner.
The Doomben 10,000 was Redzel’s seventh win from seventeen starts and took his overall prizemoney for his large group of owners to $1,194,450.