History repeated itself when the Snowden trained Redzel won the second running of the $13m, TAB Everest (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday repeating the win from last year.
One punter was confident of the repeat placing $10,000 @ $8 with the race’s sponsor moments before the start and they would not have had a moments concern.
Kerrin McEvoy sent Redzel to the lead from barrier one and then he controlled the race from that position. Le Romain and Glyn Schofield were second from barrier 11 with Vega Magic and Damien Oliver third and three out from barrier seven. Trapeze Artist and Tye Angland tracked Redzel in fourth.
Behind various runners were already in trouble on the Heavy 9 track as they crossed the High Street side. US Navy Flag (USA ) and Ryan Moore were slow out from the barriers and their position did not improve much after that. From the 500m US Navy Flag was struggling. Shoals, Viddora and Santa Ana Lane were in a similar state.
Entering the main straight Redzel was cruising under McEvoy and once they went away the rest were playing for the minor money. Out wide Tommy Berry had taken Osborne Bulls to the very outside rail and with better ground they made up considerable ground.
Trapeze Artist kept going, as did Le Romain, three-year-old Graff made a good challenge and they were the best of the rest.
The winning margin was 1 1/4L with Trapeze Artist (Snitzel) second and Osborne Bulls (Street Cry) and Berry third, the margin 1 1/2L. Le Romain was fourth and Graff fifth.
The time was 1.12.03 on the Heavy 9 track with the final 600m in 36.71. Redzel paid $7.50 on fixed odds and $7.40 on the tote, the $5.40 favourite Shoals finished 11th.
Redzel and Kerrin McEvoy lead the field home, picture Stevehart.com.au
“To do it once I thought we were very lucky but again it is just unbelievable. I knew we had the horse. I was confident he would make improvement. He judged the pace perfectly to give him the chance to finish off hard and the last furlong was his best," said Peter Snowden
“I might have got a bit of help from the bloke upstairs. It’s gone perfectly today. It’s amazing. Hats off to Racing NSW and the ATC. It’s just going to get bigger and bigger.”
“This is euphoria at its best. It is such an electric feeling. I was really happy there was a bit of rain around and he did the rest. It is a huge buzz to win it again, unbelievable,” said McEvoy.
“It was similar to last year. Last year we had a bunny, this year there were a few scenarios going through Peter and Paul’s heads and mine as to how it might unfold.”
“From the 1 gate, that was Plan A, to control it from the front. That’s what this horse is able to do. He loved the ground and is such a little warrior. He is a joy to be a part of.”
“I want to say a big thanks to Peter and Paul obviously but also the whole Snowden clan for their hard work, it’s a big team and they work long hours. Peter cracks the whip with them a lot. Us jockeys sort of duck in and duck out on gallop days and a lot of the wrath.
“To young Chrissie who looks after him, she does a stellar job, she was swinging off him the other day when he was raring up and carrying on,” he said
“I thought it was exciting last year, I’ve got no words, I really can’t believe it. If I get home on Wednesday it’s way too early,” said managing co-owner Chris Ward.
Redzel, out of the Rubiton mare Millrich, raced in the Yulong Investments slot, A Triple Crown Syndication horse he has proven to spectacularly successful for the large group of owners. With 14 wins from 28 starts and seven placings he has earned stakes of $15,372,000 to make him the second highest earner in Australian history behind Winx.
He is owned by 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 G Gibson, Dr A Kuok, Mr J W Medland, Mr T Kocovski, Mrs P Di Marco, Mr L Halloran, Mr M E Hardwick, Mr BD Playford, Mr D D Yates and Mr A Savage.
Redzel and McEvoy, picture Sportpix.com.au
The Everest, photo finish picture ATC
What the beaten jockeys said:
Ben Melham (Santa Ana Lane): “He ran well, but we were in trouble a furlong after the start, it was just too heavy for him.”
Glyn Schofield (Le Romain): “He ran super, nice performance on the speed and toughed it out nicely.”
Tye Angland (Trapeze Artist): “We’ve got to take that as a win, he went so well, it’s just hard to run Redzel down on a wet track where we don’t perform to our best, he gave his all, tried his heart out, confident we would have been closer in the finish if it was a firm track.”
Damien Oliver (Vega Magic): “Too wet for him, just didn’t handle the track.”
Hugh Bowman (Brave Smash): “We had a nice run throughout, but all credit to the winner, he was too good for us all.”
Ryan Moore (U S Navy Flag): “He didn’t enjoy the ground.”
Corey Brown (In Her Time): “She ran well, but she never handled the track for one stride, she was under pressure from the get-go.”
Tim Clark (Shoals): “She just didn’t go a yard in the ground, she was dipping and diving and lost all confidence.”
Joe Bowditch (Viddora): “Really disappointing, she’s pulled up a little bit distressed, we’ll see how she goes after this.”
Brenton Avdulla (Graff): “He ran terrific, didn’t have much go his way, just that track sort of bottomed him out a little bit, he’s going to be a super colt next time in.”
Tommy Berry (Osborne Bulls): “I feel like we’ve won it, massive training effort from the team, we only knew he was getting in this week, to get him primed for this after coming back from 1400m, he was fit, ready to go. We had a good walk of the track before, me James and team and we pulled it off, it was good.”