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Redzel ready for Lightning return

Multiple Group 1 winner Redzel will resume in the G1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) on February 17.

Trainer Peter Snowden confirmed The Everest and Darley Classic winner is bound for a return to the Flemington straight that he has conquered in consecutive spring carnivals, including his dominant Darley win last year.

The five-year-old Snitzel gelding, who has amassed over AUD$7.7million in his 21-start career, could be seen publicly for the first time next week, but Snowden is yet to determine his campaign beyond the Lightning.

"He'll have one trial, maybe next Monday at Rosehill, and then another one at Flemington," Snowden reported from the Werribee jump-outs.

"It should set him up for the 17th for the Lightning.

"1000m down the straight suits him perfect. He loves Flemington. He's just a brilliant horse, it'll take a handy one to beat him.

"Nothing's locked in [beyond that]. The Newmarket's probably not ideal being a handicap, he'll just get too much weight.

"You're looking at 60, 61kg, which makes it pretty hard.

"We'll have a think of where we go next start.

"Maybe we'll wait and run in the TJ [G1 TJ Smith Stakes], I may give him that much time off, we'll see."



Redzel and Kerrin McEvoy win The Everest (1200m) at Randwick in October, picture Sportpix.com.au

Meanwhile, the Snowdens will also have representation in both the boys' and girls' versions of the Blue Diamond Previews on January 27 at Caulfield.

Filly Pure Elation and colt Invincible Lad will represent the Snowdens in the first of the Blue Diamond series.

Both two-year-olds won their respective jump-outs, Pure Elation more convincing of the two, and Snowden hailed her attitude ahead of her racetrack debut.

"Really laid back, she's got a tremendous attitude. She's blessed with good natural ability, she's well bred by a good mare who everyone in Melbourne would know, Members Joy, and by a sire [I Am Invincible] who is not underrated, he's getting the kudos he deserves, he's a very good stallion and he's only going to keep going from strength to strength," he said.

"I'm very happy to have a few of them; they're all showing quite a lot of ability. She did trial particularly well, she's very laid back, she tends to switch off when she hits the front, but she's got a very good high cruising speed, and I think there's a bit more to come from her."

But the colt has also been a big improver, after blowing out late on debut in the Listed Breeders Plate at Randwick in September to finish ninth of 11.

"He had one start, he ran in the first 2YO race in Sydney, and led them up until the last 50m, he's blessed with a lot of ability and natural pace. Today I was very conscious of getting him back and getting him to settle as his first trial at Gosford two weeks ago.  

"He did it perfectly today, he relaxed really well outside the lead and asked to quicken last 100m and stepped into his work nice.

"He's another horse that has a good bit of upside, but he furnished a lot from his last preparation, he's a different horse, a much stronger horse and he'll start on the same day on the 26th in the boys' division."
 
 
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