Sustained sprinting from the barriers saw the Snowden trained Redzel under Kerrin McEvoy win the $1m, Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday to give the five-year-old Snitzel gelding a clean sweep of spring sprints.
From the moment the barriers opened McEvoy had Redzel into the lead and heading to the rail on the grandstand side. From that point Redzel gave a demonstration of power sprinting that did not allow the rest of the field to pull him back.
Left to right, Rezel, Impending, Terravista and Chautauqua, picture Quentinjlang.com
While Redzel’s sectional times were not the fastest of the race, the final 200m in 12.01 over Terravista 11.77, Impending 12.07 and Chautauqua in 11.78, it was his constant speed and subsequent leading position that made it too difficult for the rest to close.
The 2104 Darley Classic winner Terravista under Brenton Avdulla tried very hard after sitting in behind the leaders Redzel and Impending, all racing on the stand side, and then making a final challenge that took him past Impending, but only to within 3/4L of the flying Redzel ahead.
Terravista (Captain Ro) had the same margin on Impending (Lonhro) who kept his top three position throughout the race. Chautauqau and Dwayne Dunn settled back in the same stand side group and weaved a passage forward from 10th at the 400m to end up 1L away from Impending in fourth.
Clearly Innocent was fifth, Rock Magic sixth and Vega Magic seventh. The time was 1.08.74 on the Good 3 track with the final 600m in 33.21. Redzel paid $4.40 on fixed odds and $3.60 on the NSW tote as favourite.
Redzel leads the field to the line on the stand side, picture Quentinjlang.com
“I thought he did that in The Everest the other day but the hype around him said that he needed to do it again and that is what this guy keeps doing. He keeps proving the doubters wrong and keeps getting it done via professional performances. Just jumped, led, sustained speed and just finished it right off. It was a dominant win again," said Peter Snowden.
“It is about the horse too, this horse is easy to train. He does everything that we ask. What we found out now is to just space out his runs, and give him an easy time between runs and he comes back to life again. He is such an easy horse to train.
“Don’t leave out Paul because his work with this horse is as much as it is mine. It is a team performance. My family are all involved in it and as you’ve seen today the owners play up a bit but that’s how you should be, you should enjoy every win.”
“Who knows’. The owners have already said they want to have another go at The Everest, it keeps on getting more and more money so there is no need to travel them when there is so much money here in Australia but he is just a five-year-old, hopefully he stays sound,” he said.
“He is an unassuming horse, it has surprised us where he has got to but he has taken it all before him and racing in great heart,” said McEvoy.
“His record is fantastic, he keeps getting better and better and that is all due to the fact of the Snowden's and the Triple Crown boys are patient and reaping the rewards now.
“He has got a good cruising speed, he was nice through the first furlong and then we were going good fractions from the 900m onwards and then we pushed the button at the 400m and he was too strong for them again.
“He is a great little horse, I’m rapt to be a part of his career, his last win was fantastic and this is great to bring him here during the big week and get a win. You cherish these wins and it is great to be a part of it, it is a fantastic week and it is great to be a part of it,” he said.
Kerrin McEvoy guides Redzel to victory, picture Quentinjlang.com
Redzel has been outstanding this campaign and he has finished either first or second since last September. He has won two Group 1 sprints with the Doomben 10,000 in May followed by a Sydney campaign carefully managed by the Snowden’s for wins in the Concorde Stakes, The Shorts and The Everest, all at Randwick.
He is owned by a large group managed by Triple Crown syndicators into what has become a moving mass of owners enjoying the ride of their lives. The group includes Triple Crown Syndications, Ten Players, Mr J N Allen, Walfam No 2, Mr P Piras, Mr V P Chau, Mr T W Cheng, Mr M R Waddington, Mrs A Gibson, Dr A Kuok, Mr J W Medland, Mr T Kocovski, Mrs P Di Marco, Mr L Halloran, Mr M E Hardwick, Mr B D Playford, Mr D D Yates and Mr A Savage.
That ride for the owners now includes 11 wins and five placings from 21 starts for stakes of $7,795,250 boosted by the riches of The Everest. There will be invitations to race world-wide, including Royal Ascot, but with the $2.5m Group 1 TS Smith (1200m) in the autumn and the increased stakes to $13 million of The Everest (1200m) next spring, both at Randwick, Redzel may be staying close to his Randwick stables of Peter and Paul Snowden.
Darley Classic, photo finish picture Racing.com