Sensational winner of the $10m The Everest (1200m) Redzel will now head to Melbourne for the Group 1 $1m Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on the final day of the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The Peter and Paul Snowden trained Redzel wrote his name into the racing history books last Saturday when he scorched down the Randwick straight to win the inaugural running of The Everest.
Peter Snowden said the secret to Redzel’s success was to space the gelding’s runs and he will give him another four weeks into between runs before stepping out in the Darley Classic.
“He races well with four weeks between runs so that’s what we will do,” he said.
“He won’t go to the Manikato Stakes but head to the Darley Classic which gives him the four weeks.”
Redzel has now won his last five starts for the Snowdens and can claim to be to be the best sprinter in Australia and as well as securing first prize in The Everest, the Snitzel five year old is also the winner of the Group 1 $700,000 James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10000 (1200m) at Doomben during the Brisbane Winter Carnival.
In early betting for the Darley Classic at Ladbrokes.com.au The Everest runner up Vega Magic is the $4.50 favourite just ahead Redzel at $6 and the Team Hawkes trained Chautauqua at $7.
The Lindsay Park trained Vega Magic had a tough three wide run in The Everest but kept giving in the straight to be beaten three quarters of a length by Redzel with Darren Weir’s Japannese import Brave Smash filling the third position.
Chautauqua ran his usual race and after settling at the tail of the field, was doing his best work over the concluding to wind up in fourth spot.
Early market order for the Darley Classic at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4.50 Vega Magic, $6 Redzel, $7 Chautauqua, $9 Redkirk Warrior, $10 In Her Time, $11 Impending, $13 Malaguerra, $15 Spieth, $17 English, Hey Doc, Illustrious Lad, Super Cash, Voodoo Lad, $21 Clearly Innocent, Hellbent, Silent Sedition, Terravsita, $26 or better the rest.