At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group race success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) showed his class when scoring a track record win in the $500,000 Gr2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) for 3YO+, defeating Jungle Edge & Super Too. Redzel improved his record to 12 wins (including The Everest, Gr1 Darley Classic, Gr1 Doomben 10,000, Gr2 Shorts, Gr3 Concorde Stakes, Gr3 Hall Mark Stakes, Gr3 Heath Stakes & Listed Fireball Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Galaxy Handicap, Gr2 Shorts, Gr2 ATC Challenge Stakes & Gr3 ATC Kindergarten Stakes) from 23 starts for $8,221,750 in earnings. Co-trainer Paul Snowden said Redzel would not race again until the $2.5 million Gr1 weight-for-age TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 7 April. "I was thinking about the William Reid but the TJ is the one we really want to win," Snowden told Sky Racing. "He's such as easy horse to prepare, we know what to do with him. A barrier trial in between should have him at the mark." Redzel, who is out of Gr3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner & Golden Slipper placegetter Millrich, was a $120,000 purchase by Triple Crown Syndications at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Marquee Stud. He was originally sold for $45,000 at the 2013 Inglis Australian Bloodstock Select Weanling Sale.
At Flemington in Melbourne, imported UK-bred 6YO gelding Redkirk Warrior (Notnowcato-Flag, by Selkirk) returned to his best straight track form for trainers Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig in the $750,000 Gr1 Lightning Stakes (1000m). While acknowledged as one of the best sprinters in the country after destroying his rivals in last year's Gr1 Newmarket Handicap, Redkirk Warrior was tried at slightly longer distances before being brought back to 1200m sprints that included a win in the Gr2 Bobbie Lewis Handicap at this track, but this was followed by below par performances in Sydney's The Everest and Flemington's Gr1 Darley Classic. Despite starting at a respectable and respectful quote of $11, not many expected Redkirk Warrior to have enough time to reel in his opposition over the shorter 1000m dash despite David Hayes spruiking his charge's chances during the week. Proving it ain't over until it's over, jockey Regan Bayliss, after missing the kick, managed to snatch victory away right on the line from odds-on 5YO gelding Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) who last no admirers with anothet typically gritty performance, and 4YO mare Missrock (Fastnet Rock-Miss Judgement, by Strategic). With the prospect of another Gr1 Newmarket Handicap and the Gr1 TJ Smith still ahead in the Autumn, Redkirk Warrior adds a thrilling dimension to the sprinters' ranks. His record now stands at 7 wins (including the Gr3 Sandown Stakes) & 2 placings (including the Listed Hong Kong Classic Cup) from 16 starts for $2,156,080 earnings. Not bad for a horse who won on debut in a UK maiden over 2000m.
Saturday's Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) final acceptances have left a field of ten quality sprinters to face the starter at Flemington. Australia's premier short course galloper Redzel is understandably favourite, with the son of Snitzel and reigning The Everest holder undefeated in his past 6 starts. He is at $1.80 following last start's Gr1 Darley Classic where he defeated Terravista by less than a length. The return to form by Terravista ($9) is notable as he won this race last year. Hey Doc ($8) has not raced since winning the Gr1 Manikato Stakes last October, but has won at Group level down the Flemington straight and will be primed to go. Others expected to feature prominently are former Gr1 Newmarket Handicap winner Redkirk Warrior, Ball of Muscle (whose last start produced a victory over this course and distance in Group company), proven course and distance speedster Supido and gifted Gr1-performed 3YO filly Formality, who carries just 53.5kg under the conditions and is a strong eachway hope at $10. The knock-out chance is outsider Missrock.
Jockey Luke Currie is looking forward to reuniting with top-class galloper Hey Doc when he resumes in Saturday's $750,000 Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington. A winner of the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) as a 3YO, Hey Doc (Duporth-Heyington Honey, by General Nediym) showed sprinting was his true calling when posting a brilliant last-start win in the Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in October. The Tony McEvoy-trained 4YO holds an intriguing entry in the US$1 million Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint (1000m) at Meydan racecourse on Dubai World Cup night (Saturday, 31 March), and a win on Saturday will likely confirm plans to travel to the UAE. "He looks really well and they have trained him to be a sprinter this time in," Currie told racenet. "Tony [McEvoy] has the Lightning and Newmarket in mind for him and he won down the straight last time. Tony has also got a race in Dubai in mind for him if he wins this time in. If he goes well this time in then that may lay ahead." Hey Doc is currently the $6.50 second favourite with TAB for the Lightning behind Australia's best sprinter Redzel at $1.80.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden believes star sprinter Redzel can extend his winning streak when he resumes in Saturday's Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington. The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) established himself as the best sprinter in Australia last season stringing together six consecutive wins, including in the inaugural The Everest and Group 1 victories in the Darley Classic and Doomben 10,000. The 5YO has had two trials in preparation for his return, including a win over 1000m at Rosehill on 5 February. "He's had two very impressive trials, he's got the runs on the board and he seems to me to be as good as ever," Snowden told racing.com. "I know it's a Lightning and they are hard to win but it's hard not being confident when you've got a horse like him." Redzel's primary target is the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 7 April.
The Group 1 Doncaster Mile is shaping as the primary autumn target for high class filly Alizee (Sepoy-Essaouira, by Exceed And Excel). Godolphin trainer James Cummings nominated the $3 million feature at Royal Randwick on 7 April as the ideal target for the 3YO after watching her trial in excellent fashion on Monday. Alizee, a winner of the Gr1 Flight Stakes in Sydney in the spring, made her first public appearance this preparation when runner-up to star sprinter Redzel in Monday's opening 1000m trial at Rosehill. "My feeling is she looks ready to go. She pulled up well from the trial within herself. She would've shown a really beautiful turn of foot between the two and the furlong," Cummings said in a stable update. "You'll see her in the Light Fingers [Gr2] at set weights on Saturday week at Randwick." Cummings added: "The beauty of her preparation is she can go a few ways, but I would expect her to be certainly nominated in the Doncaster...at this stage I would love to see that be her grand final provided her performances in the lead-up warrant that sort of race."
Trainer David Payne says he is considering running Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) first-up in the Gr2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday week after his impressive barrier trial performance on Monday. Ace High, a winner of the Gr1 Victoria Derby & Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes last spring, finished fifth in a star-studded 900 metre trial won by Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist that also featured champion mare Winx (6th), and Australia's best sprinter Redzel (7th). "He's always shown a bit of speed but what I like about him is he's got more gate speed now," Payne told racenet. "He's got a lot stronger. If you look at him, his hindquarters have filled out, he was a bit light behind before. He carries a lot of condition for a High Chaparral." Running Ace High under weight-for-age conditions in the Expressway would see the 3YO carry just 55kg. The alternative would be 60.5kg in the Gr3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) against his own age group. "He would have a lot of weight to carry so he might go to the Expressway," Payne said. "His first couple of runs will be just to get him fit. The main target is still the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and Derby."
Racing NSW is taking the highly valuable diamond-encrusted The Everest trophy to Los Angeles in a bid to sell the world's richest turf race to America, reports racingnsw.com.au. The Everest, which was won by Redzel in its inaugural running last year, will feature at this Saturday night's G'day USA tourism event alongside famous Aussie celebs and dignitaries. This year the race will be run at Royal Randwick on 13 October for a staggering $13 million in prize money. "The Everest in its first year captured the imagination of the Australian public and we are now determined to capture worldwide attention, particularly in America where significant betting occurred on the race," said Racing NSW chief executive, Peter V'landys.
Trainers Peter & Paul Snowden say they will give star sprinter Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) a slow build-up to the autumn, reports racenet. Redzel, who established himself as the best sprinter in Australia last season, was given an easy time in his 900m trial at Rosehill on Monday finishing seventh behind Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist. The 5YO is set to launch his autumn campaign in the Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on 17 February, with his primary target the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 7 April. "He trialled nicely and jumped and showed his natural speed," Peter Snowden said. "He does well in the paddock but he's a horse you have to bring up very slowly. He's not a horse you want to jam a lot of work into too quickly. We know him quite well now and I was happy with what I saw." Snowden added: "He's pulled up really well from it, all's good. He's an amazing horse to work with and he's certainly given us a great ride and hopefully there is more to come this prep."
Top-class 3YO Ace High (High Chaparral-Come Sunday, by Redoute's Choice) will make his first public appearance in star-studded barrier trial at Rosehill this morning. A winner of the Gr1 Victoria Derby & Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes in the spring, Ace High will trial over 900m in the opening heat of the morning (8:15am) that will also include champion mare Winx, star sprinter Redzel, and Golden Rose winner Trapeze Artist. Trainer David Payne said Ace High's primary autumn targets are the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and Australian Derby in Sydney. "They will be too sharp for him tomorrow but he has got to have a blow out to get him a bit fitter," Payne told ANZ Bloodstock News. "He is quite a lazy bugger and you have to make him work. We swim him as well, so the fitness is there, but he will wear a set of blinkers just to make him focus a bit more." Payne added: "He will race in Sydney first up and it will either be over 1200 metres or 1400 metres and then we’ll get him to the Randwick Guineas, Rosehill Guineas and hopefully the Derby."
Top-class sprinter Redzel is set to launch his autumn campaign in the Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on 17 February, reports racing.com. The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) established himself as the pre-eminent sprinter in Australia last season stringing together six consecutive wins, including in the inaugural The Everest and Group 1 victories in the Darley Classic and Doomben 10,000. Redzel's primary target is the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 7 April. "He'll have one trial, maybe next Monday at Rosehill, and then another one at Flemington," co-trainer Peter Snowden said. "It should set him up for the 17th for the Lightning. 1000 metres down the straight suits him perfect. He loves Flemington. He's just a brilliant horse, it'll take a handy one to beat him." Snowden added: "Nothing's locked in beyond that. The Newmarket's probably not ideal being a handicap, he'll just get too much weight."
The 2018 edition of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale begins on the Gold Coast today. With recent graduates including three-time Cox Plate winner and champion mare Winx, Australia's best sprinter Redzel, and Victoria Derby winner Ace High, the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale is renowned worldwide as one of the most outstanding sales in the southern hemisphere. The sale will offer the progeny of 99 individual sires across 853 lots catalogued in Book 1 and 209 lots in Book 2. Click here to view the catalogue.
Meanwhile, Tosen Stardom's highly regarded stable-mate Brave Smash will be given the opportunity to fulfil his significant potential in the autumn before a potential stud career. Australian Bloodstock's managing director Jamie Lovett told racing.com that there had been significant interest in the Japanese-bred sprinter from stud farms. "We've had some inquiry on him but Darren (Weir) has got a very good opinion of this horse so I'm just going to wait," Lovett said. "Commercially, it's in our best interests to wait as there's a fair bit of upside to the horse and he's only a youngish horse with just four starts here." Lovett is confident that the best is yet to come from Brave Smash (Tosen Phantom-Tosen Smash, by Tokai Teio) who was last seen finishing an unlucky third behind Redzel in $10 million The Everest (1200m) in October. "There's Group form all around him and he just wasn't right the last two runs," he said. "His coat went the wrong way and his bloods were upside down and they say he's spelled amazing so we're looking forward to seeing what he can do." He added: "He's a proper horse. He won a stakes race at a mile in Japan off a brutal pace. Weiry seems to think that he could train him to run 1000 metres or 1600 metres so we'll keep an open mind on him." Lovett said Brave Smash was likely to open his autumn campaign in either the Gr2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on 26 January, or the Gr1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on 10 February.
Victorian trainer Michael Kent’s Gr1-placed sprinter Supido (Sebring-Lady Succeed, by Brian’s Time) could possibly head to Dubai for the US $1 million Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan on March 31, reports horseracing.com.au. Joining the Bjorn Baker-trained Music Magnate in discussions as a potential Australian runner in a race that has been won by Ortensia (Paul Messara) and Buffering (Robert Heathcote), Gr3 Sir John Monash winner Supido, who thus far has won half his 14 starts. Kent is planning to start Supido first-up in the Gr1 Black caviar Lightning in mid February where he will likely run into most of Australia’s top sprinters including Snitzel’s airborne son Redzel. If Supido does head to Dubai, Kent will have to forego the rich Sydney Autumn Carnival with his lightly raced 6YO entire.
Redzel will open his autumn campaign in Melbourne on 17 February, reports racenet. The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) established himself as the pre-eminent sprinter in Australia last season stringing together six consecutive wins, including in the inaugural The Everest and Group 1 victories in the Darley Classic and Doomben 10,000. "I'm really happy with the horse," Peter Snowden said. "He looks in fantastic order. He's spelled really well while he was out and he's come back fresh and clearly enjoyed his break." Snowden added: "He's on target for a return in the Lightning Stakes at Flemington where of course he's now the horse to beat. He continued to improve throughout the last preparation and we're excited to see what's in store for him this time in." Redzel's primary target is the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 7 April.
TAB have opened defending champion Redzel as $8 favourite for the 2018 The Everest (1200m) to be run at Royal Randwick on 13 October, reports racingnsw.com.au. Prize money for next year's Everest, now the richest turf race in the world, will jump from $10 million to $13 million. The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Redzel has established himself as the pre-eminent sprinter in Australia stringing together six consecutive wins since April, including Gr1 victories in the Darley Classic and Doomben 10,000.
TAB Everest Market
$8 - Redzel
$11 - Chautauqua, Vega Magic
$15 - Menari, Merchant Navy, Winx
$26 - Brave Smash, Clearly Innocent, English, In Her Time, Invincible Star, She Will Reign
$51 - Deploy, Hey Doc, Houtzen, Impending, Nature Strip, Performer, Redkirk Warrior, Terravista, Trapeze Artist, Tulip, Viddora
$101 - Ball of Muscle, Fell Swoop, Formality, Malaguerra, Rock Magic, Sheidel, Spieth
Exciting sprinter Glenall is set to resume in the Boxing Day at Royal Randwick Sprint (1100m) at Rosehill tomorrow. Formerly trained by Les Bridge but now in the care of Team Hawkes, Glenall has only had five career starts but has displayed plenty of raw ability finishing second in the Listed Fireball Stakes (1100m) and fourth behind top sprinters Russian Revolution and Redzel in the Gr1 Galaxy in March. "Obviously he has the form there but he's only had the one win,'' co-trainer Michael Hawkes told racingnsw.com.au. "We've just taken him back to basics, it's a nice starting point. It's not where you start it's where you finish - with a bit of luck.'' The 4YO entire has had two barrier trials to prepare him for his return, the most recent a second over 1000m at Hawkesbury on Monday. "He's drawn well, he's a nice horse and he trialled okay and we're happy with how he is going,'' Hawkes said. By multiple champion sire Redoute's Choice, Glenall is out of the Gr3 SAJC Dermody Stakes winner Our Quivira making him a half-brother to smart multiple stakes winning sprinter Panipique.
Magic Millions' star-studded catalogue for the 2018 Gold Coast Yearling Sale is now available for viewing online. "We would like to thank breeders and vendors for their continued and incredible support," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said. "With the outstanding quality of this catalogue we will be able to attract a market that will repay their confidence in Magic Millions." Cox added: "The 2018 catalogue has great depth and it is sure to unearth many future racetrack stars – like recent Gold Coast Yearling Sale graduates Redzel, Ace High and the legendary mare Winx." The sale will offer the progeny of 99 individual sires across 853 lots catalogued in Book 1 and 209 lots in Book 2. Click here to view the 2018 Gold Coast Yearling Sale catalogue.
2018 Gold Coast Yearling Sale Schedule
At Flemington in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite race success when 5YO bay gelding Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) capped a stellar spring campaign when leading throughout for a brilliant win in the $1 million Gr1 Darley Classic (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Terravista & Impending. Redzel improved his record to 11 wins (including The Everest, Gr1 Doomben 10,000, Gr2 Shorts, Gr3 Concorde Stakes, Gr3 Hall Mark Stakes, Gr3 Heath Stakes & Listed Fireball Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Galaxy Handicap, Gr2 Shorts, Gr2 ATC Challenge Stakes & Gr3 ATC Kindergarten Stakes) from 21 starts for $7,797,750 in earnings. Co-trainer Peter Snowden said Redzel's victory proved once and for all that he was the pre-eminent sprinter in Australia. "I thought he did that [proved he was Australia's best sprinter] in The Everest but the hype around him said that he needed to do it again and that's what this guy keeps doing; he keeps proving the doubters wrong and keeps getting it done via professional performances," Snowden told racing.com. "It was another dominant win." Redzel, who is out of Gr3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner & Golden Slipper placegetter Millrich, was a $120,000 purchase by Triple Crown Syndications at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Marquee Stud. He was originally sold for $45,000 at the 2013 Inglis Australian Bloodstock Select Weanling Sale.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden says star sprinter Redzel is in "sensational" order ahead of the $1 million Gr1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday week (11 November), reports Sky Sports. Redzel capped his rise to the top of the springing ranks with a brilliant win in the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick nineteen days ago, and Snowden said an impressive recent jump-out at Flemington has him primed for another feature race success. "The jump-out last Friday was just to get him in step for that [the Darley Classic] but I'm really, really happy with the horse," said Snowden, who trains in partnership with his son Paul. "He looks sensational. Down the straight's a whole different race than around a corner, but he's just in a really good place at the moment." He added: "He's mentally and physically tough. It'll take a good one to get past him." Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) is currently the $3.80 TAB favourite for Darley Classic.
Lindsay Park have confirmed that star sprinter Vega Magic (Lope de Vega-Admirable, by Magic Albert) will press on towards the $1 million Gr1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday week. The dual Group 1 winner finished an unlucky fifth (beaten 2.75 lengths) behind Hey Doc in Friday night's Gr1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley after striking interference in the straight. "We'll press on towards the Darley with Vega Magic," co-trainer Tom Dabernig said. "Obviously he's never been down the straight before but at this stage I think that's what we'll do." Dabernig added: "He's sound but we'll keep an eye on him over the next few days." The former West Australian-trained galloper is already a two-time Group 1 winner of the Goodwood Handicap (1200m) and Memsie Stakes (1400m). He was also considered unlucky when second to Redzel in The Everest at his penultimate start after starting from an outside gate.
Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes has described Chautauqua's work in the lead-up to tonight's $1 million Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley as the best he's ever seen, reports racing.com. Officially rated the world's best sprinter, Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago-Lovely Jubly, by Lion Hunter) is yet to win in three runs this campaign since his breathtaking and unprecedented third successive victory in the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes in the autumn. However, Chautauqua, now aged seven, showed he still possesses his trademark booming finish as evidenced by his fast-finishing fourth behind Redzel in The Everest (1200m) two weeks ago. "I reckon he's better. It's pretty hard for a seven-year-old to come back and be better," said Hawkes, who prepares the grey flash in partnership with his father John and brother Michael. "His work Tuesday morning was the best I've ever seen." Chautauqua, who won this race in 2015 (see below) is currently rated a $7 chance with TAB for the Manikato behind race favourite Vega Magic at $2.25.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1 million Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) to be run at Moonee Valley on Friday night. The $2.25 favourite for the race is the Lindsay Park-trained former Perth sprinter Vega Magic who is coming off an excellent second-placing behind Redzel in The Everest two weeks ago. Next in the market is the underrated Newcastle mare In Her Time at $5.50, while Chautauqua, currently rated the world's best sprinter, is a $6.50 chance. All other runners are at double figure odds. Click below to view the full Manikato field.
After twelve weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel maintains a very sizable lead at the top of the national sires' leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $10.7 million – thanks in large part to Redzel's brilliant win in the inaugural $10 million The Everest in Sydney. Occupying second position is Snitzel’s Arrowfield barn-mate Not A Single Doubt whose earnings have surged past $4.2 million, while Coolmore's former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $3.1 million. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 24 October) are:
The connections of Malaguerra (Magnus-Tennessee Morn, by Bletchingly) have warned punters not to overlook the classy sprinter in Friday night's star-studded Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley. The $1 million feature is likely to attract a top quality field of speedsters with the likes of Everest winner Redzel, the world's highest rated sprinter Chautauqua, Vega Magic and Redkirk Warrior all nominated for the race. But Manny Gelagotis, stable representative for his trainer brother Peter, says Malaguerra should be included among the winning prospects. Gelagotis says the dual Gr1 winner has been set for the race and his first up 7th (beaten just 2.2 lengths) behind She Will Reign in the Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m) on 29 September has his primed to run a big race. "This has been the target race for the horse all along and the Moir was always going to be the stepping stone," Gelagotis told racing.com. "He galloped well this morning so we are really pleased with the way he's going to present on Friday." He added: "It's an open race but there are going to be some really quality horses running, of which he is one of them." Damien Oliver is the new rider for Malaguerra replacing the suspended Ben Melham.
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) sent his career earnings soaring when winning the inaugural running of the $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday. The son of Arrowfield's incumbent champion Australian sire Snitzel collected the winner's cheque of $5.8 million for the world's richest turf race to boost his prize money tally to $7,195,250. Redzel benefited from an adroit ride by jockey Kerrin McEvoy to sprint clear at the top of the straight and score a comfortable 0.8 length win over Vega Magic with Japanese-bred sprinter Brave Smash holding on for third. Supporters of runner-up Vega Magic can count themselves a little unlucky after the Lindsay Park-trained speedster was caught wide for the entire race. "What a race to win," McEvoy told Sky Racing. "It is so exciting. It's such a thrill to be part of it. Such a huge buzz…He's [Redzel] a little star." Co-trainer Peter Snowden described winning The Everest as one of the highlights of his illustrious training career. "I can't talk," Snowden told racenet. "I've never experienced anything like this." He added: "Our first Golden Slipper was exceptional, I didn't think I'd ever get that feeling again but today is well past it." Redzel improved his record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 Doomben 10,000, Gr3 Concorde Stakes, Gr3 Hall Mark Stakes, Gr3 Heath Stakes & Listed Fireball Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Galaxy Handicap, Gr2 Shorts, Gr2 ATC Challenge Stakes & Gr3 ATC Kindergarten Stakes) from 20 starts for $7,195,250 in earnings. Redzel, who is out of Gr3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner & Golden Slipper placegetter Millrich, was a $120,000 purchase by Triple Crown Syndications at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Marquee Stud. Remarkably, Redzel's Everest win has practically guaranteed his sire Snitzel of yet another Australian Champion Sire title with his progeny earnings surging past $10 million.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy says timing will be everything when some of the best sprinters in the land clash in The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick tomorrow. McEvoy, renowned as one of the best judges of pace in the business, says against such top quality opposition the margin for error is small. "It's a dynamic race and we're talking some of the fastest horses in the world,'' McEvoy told racingnsw.com.au. "You have to be on your game and every inch counts…it's important to make the right decisions when you're only talking a minute 10 or a minute nine of your time.'' McEvoy added: "You need to have the finger on the pulse in terms of the petrol gauge and how quick you are going." McEvoy will ride the Team Snowden-trained Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) in what will be the inaugural running of the world's richest turf race, and says the highly progressive speedster has what it takes to land the multi-million dollar prize. "He's a happy horse, he's a relaxed horse and his work on Tuesday morning showed he's in a good frame of mind,'' McEvoy said. "He switches on when you need him to and he definitely saves his best for race day. He's gone to a new level and I'm pretty excited to be on him.'' Redzel brings excellent form to The Everest having won his last four races in succession, including victories in the Gr1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) and last-start Gr2 Shorts (1100m). Redzel is on the third line of betting for The Everest at $7.50 with TAB, behind Chautauqua at $5.50 and joint favourites Vega Magic and She Will Reign at $5.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the inaugural running of the world's richest turf race – the $10 million The Everest (1200m) to be held at Royal Randwick racecourse in Sydney this Saturday. A capacity field of 12 sprinters will line up in the race with each horse representing a slot holder. There are four emergencies should there be any scratchings. In the case that any of the 12 horses is withdrawn, the affected slot holder/s will be able to negotiate with the connections of the substitute emergency runner. Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign (barrier 2) is the current $4.60 TAB favourite for the race, ahead of Vega Magic (10) at $5.50, Chautauqua (5) at $6, Redzel (4) at $7, and Redkirk Warrior (3) at $9. All other runners are at double figure odds. Click below to view The Everest field.
Horse (Slot Holder)
The Tulloch stable of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott believe top sprinting mare English is ready to peak third-up in Saturday's inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick. A winner of the Gr1 All Aged Stakes last year, English had a mixed autumn campaign before resuming with an encouraging fourth behind in-form speedster Redzel in the Gr2 Shorts (1100m) on 16 September. The 5YO then rounded out her Everest preparation with a fast-finishing second to In Her Time in the Gr2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick eleven days ago. Bott said English, who will represent slot holder TAB in The Everest, was given a solid hit-out on the course proper at Canterbury on Monday. "We brought her to Canterbury to give her a good strong hit out. We put the blinkers on Monday morning as being out there by herself we just wanted to make sure she was fully focused and to switch her on ahead of Saturday," Bott told racingnsw.com.au. "She probably just peaked on her run the last 50m in the Premiere so there was certainly improvement to come out of that and I think we've seen that in between races." He added: "When she is allowed to switch off and relax she has got that brilliant turn of foot so that's her real asset – her acceleration. If she can conserve energy, she is more brilliant at the finish. We're just glad to be a part of it [The Everest] and that we have a live chance."
Brenton Avdulla is confident star sprinter Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago-Lovely Jubly, by Lion Hunter) can win Saturday's Gr2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick en route to his primary spring target, the $10 million The Everest on 14 October. Avdulla had his first ride aboard the world's best sprinter when he resumed with a slashing effort in the Gr2 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick twelve days ago. The mighty grey was run off his feet early and was a conspicuous last turning for home before unleashing his trademark electric turn of foot to finish a close-up 7th (beaten 2.2 lengths) behind the Team Snowden-trained Redzel. The merit of Chautauqua's performance was underscored by the winner's sizzling race record time of 1:01.83 with a final 600m sectional of 32.84 seconds. "He gives you a false sense in his trials. He doesn't break any records so you're not 100 per cent sure but I was always promised that when I let him go race day and the cylinders fired up that he'd let rip, which he did," Avdulla told racingnsw.com.au. "We're two weeks away from the main race [The Everest] but he couldn't have been more impressive first-up. With good horses a lot can happen one prep to another and you wonder if they have come back or not." Avdulla added: "I saw him work Tuesday morning and he looks terrific. I'm sure he is going to improve again off Saturday but it is going to take a good one to beat him."
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group race success when 5YO bay gelding Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) continued his ascension through the Australian sprinting ranks with a dominant win in the $200,000 Gr2 Shorts (1100m) for 3YO+, defeating Ball Of Muscle & Nieta. Redzel improved his record to 9 wins (including the Gr1 Doomben 10,000, Gr3 Concorde Stakes, Gr3 Hall Mark Stakes, Gr3 Heath Stakes & Listed Fireball Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Galaxy Handicap, Gr2 ATC Challenge Stakes & Gr3 ATC Kindergarten Stakes) from 19 starts for $1,395,250 in earnings. Redzel, who is out of Gr3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner & Golden Slipper placegetter Millrich, was a $120,000 purchase by Triple Crown Syndications at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Marquee Stud. Co-trainer Peter Snowden said Redzel just continues to improve. "He has come a long way this bloke," Snowden told Sky Racing. "He has learned how to race properly. He never makes a mistake. He races on pace, on wet tracks, dry tracks, carries weight well, he's just the real deal now." Redzel will represent slot holder James Harron Bloodstock in the inaugural running of the $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October.
Co-trainer Michael Hawkes is adamant that star sprinter Chautauqua has never been in better shape ahead of his return to racing in tomorrow's Gr2 Shorts (1100m) at Royal Randwick. Last seen in creating history by becoming the first horse to win three Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes' in April, Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago-Lovely Jubly, by Lion Hunter) is being aimed at the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October. "He always spells well but where do you get to in suggesting he has got better and better? Where is the cut-off point?" Hawkes told racingnsw.com.au. "It's hard to explain that he looks better, or is going better, because everybody knows what he has done in the past three or four years at the highest level so it's all about maintaining it. He is a horse that has only had light preparations and that's why we've been able to get him so far so who knows where he'll end up." Hawkes, who prepares the world's best sprinter with father John and brother Wayne, added: "He is in a great frame of mind and physically he looks phenomenal. He is forward enough but here is improvement to come. At this stage, we are happy with him." Chautauqua is surprisingly second favourite for the Shorts with TAB at $3.70 behind Redzel at $2.40.
Triple Crown director Chris Ward says securing a slot in The Everest with top sprinter Redzel is a "dream come true" for the connections of the horse, reports racingnsw.com.au. It was announced on Tuesday that the Gr1-winning sprinter will represent slot holder James Harron Bloodstock in the inaugural running of the $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October. "When Peter V'landys first announced the Everest race and concept I remember thinking 'gee we've got to be a part of this' and thinking of the horses we had,'' Ward said. "I earmarked Redzel as a potential candidate and it was just down to hoping he went in the right direction. It really is a dream come true. They'll certainly know we're there and the beauty of Redzel is he'll give us something to cheer about.'' Ward added: "The last 12 months he's just got better and better. Peter and Paul [Snowden] told us early in the prep he was about 40-50kg bigger and stronger and they'd never seen him looking better.'' Redzel will contest Saturday's Gr2 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick before going straight to The Everest.
Currently riding on the crest of a wave, Champion jockey Kerrin McEvoy not only entered the rarefied air of the South Australian Hall of Fame (see previous item) on Sunday night, but exhibited all the magic that earned him that exclusive honour a day earlier at Royal Randwick. On a hotly contested card, McEvoy shone brightly with five winners. Two were at stakes level where he urged all from star colt Formality to cling on in the Gr2 Furious Stakes, before displaying the same dashing front running tactics to guide Redzel to a less precarious all the way win in the Gr3 Concorde Stakes. He was red hot early on the card with wins aboard hot pot Up 'N' Rolling in the second and Embley in the third before rounding out a spectacular day with a gritty win aboard favourite Washington Heights in the last. His day was a masterclass in timing, strength and concentration, three key attributes that have been quintessential in his 1700 plus wins and 63 Gr1 victories to date.
At Royal Randwick, any doubts that Redzel belongs in the upcoming $10 million The Everest were dispelled when the 5YO gelded son of Arrowfield's Champion Australian Sire Snitzel put a small field to the sword for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $139,000 Gr3 Concorde Stakes (1000m). With just three competitors to face after scratchings appeared to rob the race of the pace that pre-post favourite Speith needed, jockey Kerrin McEvoy bounced the last start Gr1 Doomben 10,000 winner straight to the front and lived up to the race name by going like a Concord to win effortlessly from 5YO entire Speith (Thorn Park) & 5YO mare Nieta (Nicconi). Carrying the familiar Triple Crown Syndications silks, Redzel took his record to 8 wins (also including the Gr3 Hall Mark Stakes, Gr3 Heath Stakes & Listed Fireball Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Galaxy Handicap, Gr2 ATC Challenge Stakes & Gr3 ATC Kindergarten Stakes) from 18 starts for $1,279,450 earnings. Redzel, who is out of Gr3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner & Golden Slipper placegetter Millrich, was a $120,000 purchase by Triple Crown Syndications at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Marquee Stud.
Gr1-wining sprinter Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) could be in for the best preparation of his career, according to jockey Kerrin McEvoy. The Doomben 10,000 winner, who is set to resume in tomorrow's $150,000 Gr3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Royal Randwick, impressed McEvoy when he defeated fellow top-flight sprinter and stable-mate Russian Revolution in a 1045m trial on 21 August. "It's almost like he keeps improving,'' MvEvoy told racingnsw.com.au. "He's racing at a really high level and he is only a five-year-old so there's no reason to say he might not improve a bit more. He really pleased me in that trial so I'm looking forward to getting on his back in what looks like a nice race for him.'' Trainers Peter & Paul Snowden have previously nominated the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on 14 October as one of Redzel's targets.
Peter Snowden has provided an update on the progress of several of his stable stars ahead of the spring, including Group One-winning sprinters Russian Revolution (The Galaxy) and Redzel (Doomben 10,000). Snowden is confident the sons of Snitzel can once again figure prominently in the feature sprints during the spring, including perhaps the inaugural $10 million The Everest at Randwick on 14 October. "They went out at the same time and came back in at the same time. They spelled well and have returned in sensational order," Snowden told Sky Sports Radio. "They are about five weeks into their prep and will probably trial at Randwick on the 10th (July)." He added: "Both have big assignments this preparation…maybe The Everest, who knows, only time will tell. They are both Group One winners now and they won't be out of place in any race we run them in."
Strong pre-post favourite Clearly Innocent has drawn a horror marble for connections in Saturday's Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap at Doomben which has thrown the market into disarray. As short as $3.60 before the barrier draw, the top weight has eased markedly out to $4.60 after being asked to jump from gate 20. Also faring badly was Derry (21) who has also slipped out a few points. Counterattack, close up behind Redzel over 1200m at Doomben two starts ago, has fared much better for trainer Chris Waller, drawing two off the paint. While his price has remained constant at $8.50, each of Jungle Edge (7) and Ulmann (8) has tightened up since the draw.
Top Kiwi sprinter Start Wondering (Eighth Wonder-Roseanbar, by Al Akbar) is likely to go straight into next month's Stradbroke Handicap without another run following his brave sixth in Saturday's Gr1 Doomben 10,000 in Brisbane, reports theinformant.co.nz. Despite struggling in the soft conditions, the two-time Gr1 winner was still able to finish within 3.8 lengths of the impressive winner Redzel in the $700,000 sprint feature. "He didn't handle the track at all," co-trainer Evan Rayner said. "He was down in the worst of it and he just wasn't able to quicken. We were very pleased with how he went, but he just couldn't quicken the way he usually does." He added: "But the main thing is he's come through the race very well. I couldn't be happier with how he looks. It's more than likely that he won't run again before the Stradbroke." The $1.5 million Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) will be run at Eagle Farm on 10 June.
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning high profile stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite race success when 4YO gelding Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) claimed the biggest prize of his career when leading all the way in the $700,000 Gr1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Counterattack & Derryn. Saluting at odds of 9-1, Redzel improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 Hall Mark Stakes, Gr3 Heath Stakes & Listed Fireball Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Galaxy Handicap, Gr2 ATC Challenge Stakes & Gr3 ATC Kindergarten Stakes) from 17 starts for $1,194,450 earnings. Redzel, who is out of Gr3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner & Golden Slipper placegetter Millrich, was a $120,000 purchase by Triple Crown Syndications at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Marquee Stud. For trainer Peter Snowden, it was his third Doomben 10,000 win after Beaded in 2011 and Epaulette in 2014, but his first as a co-trainer with son Paul. "Full credit to the horse, he's come a long way," Peter Snowden told Sky Racing. "To see him win a race like this, he's an honest and genuine horse and he deserves every bit of it."
At the halfway mark of Saturday afternoon's racing, Australia's leading sire Snitzel was already having a very good day. By then he had notched up a two-state 2YO stakes double thanks to convincing wins by Debonairly in the Listed Woodlands Stakes at Scone & Tangled in the Listed Gr2 Champagne Classic at Doomben. But the best was yet to come courtesy of Triple Crown Syndications' 4YO gelding Redzel who sealed his rise up the sprinting ranks with a strong win in the $700,000 Gr1 Doomben 10,000. Co-trainer Peter Snowden confirmed that Redzel and fourth-placed Russian Revolution (also by Snitzel) will head to the paddock for a richly earned break. Between them they have won seven of their 13 starts - six of them in Group company - and added more than $1.7 million to Snitzel's prize money. Snitzel's fourth stakes winner for the day came from an unlikely quarter when outsider Vienna Miss scored a tenacious win in the Listed Adelaide Guineas at odds of 80-1 to claim her maiden stakes victory. Redzel, Tangled, Debonairly and Vienna Miss boosted Snitzel's prize money to a new Australian premiership record total of $13.8 million, surpassing the previous record of $12.9 million set last season by Street Cry. Snitzel's lifetime & worldwide statistics now read:
Trainer Peter Snowden says the stable’s two Doomben 10,000 contenders, Russian Revolution and Redzel, are primed to run big races in the Gr1 sprint at Doomben tomorrow, reports racing.com. Snowden, who trains in partnership with his son Paul, said the stable-mates had coped surprisingly well with the arduous trip from Sydney to Brisbane. “I'm really surprised how they have come off [the float], it is a long trip, it is about 13 hours, it is a long haul but they have travelled up really well," Snowden said. Russian Revolution, who will be attempting to double his Gr1 tally after winning the Galaxy in the autumn, is the current $3.20 Tab favourite for the race ahead of Redzel and defending champion Music Magnate at $6.50. "He [Russian Revolution] has had five weeks between runs, which is good for him, he had a nice trial last Tuesday week and trialled strongly,” said Snowden. "The only downside, and there is no downside with the horse, he is 100 per cent, but just meeting really good horses at weight-for-age is not ideal for three-year-olds, they don't get much advantage.” He added: “[But] he is a good colt, he is there to run well and he will be hard to beat." As for Redzel, a last-start winner of the Gr3 Hall Mark Stakes in Sydney, Snowden commented: "Redzel loves wet ground, this track is definitely going to be wet come Saturday.” He added: "The last time these two met in The Galaxy, which is a handicap, Russian only beat him a neck. Under weight-for-age conditions he is a lot better off so he might turn the tables."
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $700,000 Gr1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) to be run at Doomben racecourse in Brisbane on Saturday. Favourite for the race is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Gr1 Galaxy winner Russian Revolution who heads the Tab market at $3.20, ahead of defending champion Music Magnate and stable-mate Redzel at $6.50. The only other runner under double-figure odds is the Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop at $8. New Zealand Gr1 winner Star Wondering, Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner, and recent Gr2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint winner Derryn all occupy the fourth line of betting at $13. See below for full field and barriers.
Trainer Gary Moore is expecting a bold showing from smart sprinter Takedown in Saturday’s Gr2 Victory Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm, reports AAP. A winner of the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes in November, Takedown was far from disgraced when 6th (beaten 1.9 lengths) in the Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint in December, before resuming with a disappointing 8th behind Redzel in the Gr3 Hall Mark Stakes at Randwick two weeks ago. "He worked well on Monday with Tim Clark in the saddle. He will head up to Queensland on Wednesday night and I expect him to race well," Moore said. Takedown is being aimed at the $700,000 Gr1 Doomben 10,000 on 13 May.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning high profile stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group success when 4YO gelding Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) claimed his fourth stakes victory in the $150,000 Gr3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO entires Counterattack & Hellbent. Redzel improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr3 Heath Stakes & Listed Fireball Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Galaxy Handicap, Gr2 ATC Challenge Stakes & Gr3 ATC Kindergarten Stakes) from 16 starts for $737,450 earnings. Redzel, who is out of the Gr3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner & Golden Slipper placegetter Millrich, was a $120,000 purchase by Triple Crown Syndications at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Marquee Stud.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney on a heavy track, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning high profile stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite quinella when 3YO colt Russian Revolution (Snitzel-Ballet d'Amour, by Stravinsky) resumed with a narrow but decisive 0.2 length win for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $700,000 Gr1 Galaxy (11000m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding and stable-mate Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) & 6YO gelding Jungle Edge (Dubawi-Jungle Girl, by Carnegie). Russian Revolution improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes & Gr3 Vain Stakes) from 6 starts for $808,725 earnings. Russian Revolution races in the red and yellow star silks of the China Horse Club which purchased him for $320,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vinery Stud. His maiden Gr1 success means he has now secured his future at stud like so many of other his esteemed family members being a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Fanfreluche, ancestress of former champion Australian sires Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur, and Coolmore stallion Holy Roman Emperor. Co-trainer Paul Snowden said Russian Revolution could make his next appearance in the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 1 April. "We'll just have to make sure he comes through today's run all right," Snowden said. "He's put in a mighty performance today. The horse comes first." Henry Field, part-owner of Newgate Farm, said: "He's an incredibly well bred colt, an incredibly talented colt and he'll make a huge impact at stud,'' Field said. "He's won five from six, to be fair to Peter and Paul (Snowden) they said he was the real deal from the beginning, and that's been vindicated today with his Group 1.''
Two days after Summer Passage became Snitzel's 7th Group 1 winner, stable-mates Russian Revolution & Redzel gave him his first Group 1 quinella in the $700,000 ATC The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill. It was a tremendous performance by both horses and a notable achievement by their trainers Peter & Paul Snowden, especially as they presented 3YO colt Russian Revolution for the first time since his Spring campaign, which yielded two Group wins and a fourth in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. Russian Revolution (ex Ballet d'Amour, by Stravinsky) is Snitzel's eighth Group 1 winner and second Galaxy winner after Sweet Idea in 2015. Like Redzel, he is among the 21 stakeswinners that are building a potentially record-setting season for the son of Redoute's Choice. Russian Revolution's five wins from his six starts have returned well over twice the $320,000 that Michael Wallace & China Horse Club paid for him at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale where he was offered by Vinery Stud. He is raced by China Horse Club and his breeder John Stuart Investments with Newgate Farm, Matthew Sandblom and Sir Owen Glenn. The $2.5 million weight-for-age Gr1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 1 April, Day 1 of The Championships, must now be on the horizon for both Russian Revolution and Redzel. In the meantime, their quinella has pushed Snitzel through the $10 million mark in Australia for the first time, and he maintains his No. 1 position on the Australian General Sires' list, more than $1 million ahead of Street Cry.
At Randwick in NSW, Coolmore's former dual Champion Australian Sire Encosta De Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek, by Star Way) added a Gr1 success when 4YO mare English (Encosta De Lago-Court, by Anabaa) scored by a nose for trainers Gai Waterhouse & Aidrian Bott in the $500,000 Gr2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) for 3YOs+, over 4YO gelding Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) and 5YO entire Supido (Sebring-Lady Succeed, by Brian's Time). English, a Newhaven Park homebred, took her record to 5 wins (also including the Gr1 All Aged Stakes, 2016 Gr2 Challenge Stakes & Gr2 Reisling Stakes) & 2 placings (including the Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes & Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes) from 13 starts for $2,058,800 earnings.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's high profile Gr1 winning stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippet's Lass, by Snippets), added a black-type success when Corumbene Stud-bred 3YO chestnut filly Samantha (Snitzel-Icedginger, by Tale of the Cat) saluted by 0.5 length for trainer Gerald Ryan in the $125,000 Listed Fireball Stakes (1100m) for 3YO's, over Glenall (Redoute's Choicel-Our Quivira, by Spinning World) & Super Maxi (Redoute's Choice-Ocean Challenger, by Rubiton). Interestingly, this is the second year in a row that Snitzel has sired the winner of the Fireball Stakes on a heavy surface with Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) winning the 2016 edition. Redzel added further merit by finishing runner up in the Gr2 ATC Challenger Stakes on Saturday's card (see full race details above). Samantha has now won 3 of her 5 starts for total earnings of $144,330.
The dynamic victory of sparingly raced 4YO Isaac on Wednesday night in Hong Kong (Class 4 Great George Hcp 1200m) not only added to the swathe of 2YO winners by speed influence Hinchinbrook, but was also a filip for vendor Kanangra who is set to sell his full-brother (Lot 581) as part of its niche draft at next month's Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney. Originally going to the bid of William Inglis As Agent at the 2014 Inglis Classic for only $40,000, Isaac is from the Hurricane Sky mare Leyanda who boasts a perfect record of 7 winners from 7 named foals, including fellow HKJC winner Costa del Sol and AJC metro winner Dublette. The family descends to include stakes winners Millrich, Redzel and Danerich. Isaac is prepared by leading Hong Kong trainer John Moore, who was glowing in his praise post race, reports thoroughbrednews.com.au. "He looks like he has a future!" Now with two wins from only three starts, Moore added, "He's quickened, and the way he's done that has shown us that he really is better than this grade, which is what [jockey] Zac [Purton] said after he galloped him the other day." Moore added, "He was taken on early tonight – Zac thought they'd go on but instead he found himself in the squeeze box there and had to race outside the leader. From about the 900 (metres), Zac said he was able to get him coupled up and get him into a rhythm. That was helpful and the way he's put the race to bed, I think he'll continue on his winning way."