2018

Redzel Building Up to Everest

Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Top-class sprinter Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) has been back in work with Team Snowden for one week as he builds towards a defence of his Everest title later in the year, reports racingnsw.com.au. Co-trainer Peter Snowden said the rising 6YO, who had a month off after finishing fourth in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 in Brisbane, is likely to have two preparatory runs before the $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 13 October. Snowden said Redzel will open his spring campaign on 15 September, before running in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick two weeks later. "Two weeks apart off a long break will be fine for him," said Snowden.

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Redzel winning the inaugural The Everest in 2017 (image: Steve Hart)

Tiara Target for Moss Trip

Thursday, 31st May 2018

The Group 1 Tattersall's Tiara (1400m) at Doomben on 23 June is being considered for progressive filly Moss trip (Mossman-Space trip, by Stratum). Co-trainer Peter Snowden says he has the fillies & mares feature in mind for the 3YO provided she runs well in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on 9 June. Moss Trip is in career-best form having won the Inglis 3YO Guineas (1400m) at Scone and the Gr3 JHB Carr Stakes (1400m) at Randwick at her past two outings. "She's not that far off Redzel, she's going terrific," Snowden told Sky Racing. "Her trial during the week was fantastic. She's going to the Dane Ripper Saturday week, and if she measures up to mares class up there we will think about going to the Tatt's Tiara."

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Moss Trip (image: Steve Hart)

Doomben 10,000: History & Preview

Friday, 11th May 2018

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $700,000 weight-for-age Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) in Brisbane on Saturday. First run in 1933 when won by champion racehorse Bernborough, the Doomben 10,000 has established itself as a genuine star-making race with the likes of Black Onyx (1969 & 70), Baguette (1971), Manikato (1979), Sovereign Red (1981), Campaign King (1988), Flitter (1994), Chief De Beers (1995), Falvelon (2001 & 2002), Bel Esprit (2003), Takeover Target (2007), Apache Cat (2008 & 2009), Hot Danish (2010) and Epaulette (2013) all winning the race. This year, the current TAB favourite for the race is defending champion Redzel at $2.25. However, punters are beginning to warm to one of Redzel's rivals as evidenced by his quote drifting from its opening price of $2 out to $2.25. High-class mare In Her Time is the horse on the move, firming from her opening price of $4.20 into $3.60 at the time of writing. Redzel and In Her Time come through the same form reference having finished second (beaten 2 lengths) and third (beaten 4 lengths) respectively behind Trapeze Artist in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 7 April. The market support for the mare is understandable given she was unlucky not to finish much closer after encountering traffic in the straight. The market has therefore framed the 10,000 as a two-horse race with all other runners are at double figure odds, headed by Impending at $11, Le Romain at $12, and exciting local sprinter Care To Think at $13. If successful, Redzel will become just the fifth horse in history to win successive Doomben 10,000s. He will join Black Onyx (1968-69), Prince Trialia (1990-91), Falvelon, (2001-02) and Apache Cat (2008-09) who have claimed back-to-back editions of the race since its inaugural running in 1933.

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In Her Time is a strong chance in the Doomben 10,000 (pic: Steve Hart)

Group 1 Doomben 10,000 Field & Barriers

Thursday, 10th May 2018

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $700,000 weight-for-age Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) in Brisbane on Saturday. First run in 1933 when won by champion racehorse Bernborough, the Doomben 10,000 has established itself as a genuine star-making race with the likes of Black Onyx (1969 & 70), Baguette (1971), Manikato (1979), Sovereign Red (1981), Campaign King (1988), Flitter (1994), Chief De Beers (1995), Falvelon (2001 & 2002), Bel Esprit (2003), Takeover Target (2007), Apache Cat (2008 & 2009), Hot Danish (2010) and Epaulette (2013) all winning the race. This year, TAB have installed defending champion Redzel as favourite at $2.15, ahead of In Her Time at $3.80, and Impending and Le Romain at $11. Care To Think heads the remainder of the field at $17. If successful, Redzel will become just the fifth horse in history to win successive Doomben 10,000s.

Wide Gate for Houtzen

Thursday, 10th May 2018

Meanwhile, top Queensland filly Houtzen will have to overcome the outside gate of 14 in Saturday's $700,000 weight-for-age Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) in Brisbane. It will be the 3YOs first start at Doomben since she won her debut there as a 2YO in December 2016. Houtzen (I Am Invincible-Set to Unleash, by Reset) showed a pleasing return to form in the autumn when finishing third to I Am Excited in the Listed Fireball Stakes (1100m) at Randwick before landing the Gr3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) at the same venue on day one of The Championships - her first win in seven months. At her most recent outing she finished sixth behind Catchy in the Gr2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) at Randwick on 14 April. "The wind was blowing a gale that day and it was always going to be difficult that day," trainer Toby Edmonds told Racing Queensland. "She's come home in great order and she gets a bit of weight off horses like Redzel this time. She's matured a lot and is a lot stronger and is an on-speed filly so I suggest she'll run well." TAB currently have Houtzen listed as a $23 chance for the Doomben 10,000.

Harron In No Rush To Climb Everest

Wednesday, 9th May 2018

Meanwhile, James Harron, slot-holder of last year's inaugural The Everest winner Redzel, says he will delay making his 2018 selection until one month before the race, reports racingnsw.com.au. "Five months out we feel it is a bit premature [to be choosing your horse]," Harron told Sky Sports Radio. "You've got to be malleable, it's a great game of poker and we enjoy the process a lot." Harron added: "I think there are a lot of elements that come into play. It's a grand final race and it has to be the grand final for that horse. I tip my hat to the other slot holders, they've picked up some fantastic horses. I think there are some terrific prospects out there. There's some emerging young horses we think could be very interesting."

Redzel At Top For 10,000

Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Trainer Peter Snowden has dismissed concerns that Redzel's long campaign may count against him in Saturday's Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) in Brisbane. Despite a light, three-race autumn programme that yielded second placings in the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap & Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes, and a win in the Gr2 Challenge Stakes, the star sprinter has been in work for quite some time having trialled way back on 22 January. "It was always his intention to run in the 10,000," Snowden told racing.com. "Every start, he's just the same. He's just a tough horse. He thrives in a stable environment. He's not a horse that really needs a spell. Mentally, he needs to get out for a few weeks but he's just a seasoned professional now." Snowden added: "You could leave him in work 12 months a year and he would perform and run well every time he steps out because he's that kind of horse." Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) is currently the $2 TAB favourite for the 10,000 ahead of In Her Time at $4. All other runners are available at double figure odds.

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Redzel (image: Steve Hart)

HTBA Announces Nominees for Awards Night

Thursday, 3rd May 2018

The Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association (HTBA) has announced the nominees for its 27th Annual Awards Night to be held at Australia's Horse Capital in Scone on Wednesday 9 May. The nominees from the major categories are:

  • Champion 2YO Colt - Encryption, Not A Single Cent, Santos
  • Champion 2YO Filly - Estijaab, Oohood, Sunlight
  • Champion 3YO Colt - Kementari, Merchant Navy, Pierata
  • Champion 3YO Filly - Alizee, She Will Reign, Shoals
  • Champion Racehorse - Winx, Redzel, Vega Magic
  • Champion Sire - Snitzel, Fastnet Rock, I Am Invincible
  • Champion 1st Season Sire - Epaulette, Sizzling, Zoustar
  • Champion Broodmare - Busking, Essaouira, Vegas Showgirl

Trapeze Artist Decision An Easy One: Aquis

Thursday, 26th April 2018

Aquis Farm CEO Shane McGrath described as "straight forward" the decision to secure star colt Trapeze Artist to be the Queensland-based stud's representative in the 2018 edition of The Everest (1200m). Trapeze Artist is the first horse to secure a slot for the $13 million sprint feature which will be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 13 October. "When you get the chance to lock in a horse like Trapeze Artist it was a very straightforward decision for us. It was a quick negotiation and it made sense, with the opportunity to not only enhance the Aquis brand but also Trapeze Artist's record on the track," McGrath told racingnsw.com.au. "In his last two starts he has stamped himself as the key three-year-old prospect in the land. He beat Redzel fair and square and has come out and won the All Aged Stakes since, breaking the track record. He'd already been dominant in winning the Golden Rose so every indicator is there that he is the dominant sprinter." Aquis' deal with Trapeze Artist's owner Bert Vieira is currently restricted to The Everest, but McGrath said Aquis is obviously keen to secure the triple Gr1 winner for stud duties when he retires. "The day Bert retires him the negotiations begin," McGrath said. "We have been chatting for a while with Bert from a stallion point of view...you have a myriad of discussions when it comes to stallion negations and the fact we have an Everest slot was always part of that chat."

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Trapeze Artist (image: Steve Hart)

Arrowfield Announces 2018 Service Fees

Tuesday, 24th April 2018

Arrowfield Stud today announced the service fees for the Stud’s 2018 roster headed by dominant Champion Sire Snitzel, with Group-winning 2YO & 3YO Pariah (see separate item above) joining the Stud’s powerful line-up of Redoute’s Choice sons. The 2018 sire complement (with comments) includes:

  • After a record-breaking performance to win the General, 2YO & 3YO Sires’ Premierships in 2016/17, Snitzel is setting new Australian benchmarks again this season with $26 million prizemoney and 25 stakes-winners, including Gr1 winners Trapeze Artist, Redzel, Russian Revolution and Golden Slipper winner Estijaab. Demand for Snitzel’s yearlings has risen accordingly, resulting in ten $1 million-plus yearlings this season, and a 2018 major sale average of just over $500,000. Snitzel’s 2018 fee has been set at $220,000 inc GST (LFT).
  • Pariah (Redoute’s Choice-Secluded by Hussonet) will join his sire’s dynasty at Arrowfield as a dual Group winner, Blue Diamond S. G1 runner-up and the second top-rated 2YO colt of his year. Pariah's fee is $22,000 inc GST.
  • Redoute's Choice himself will be available to a strictly limited book of mares at $137,500 inc GST (LFT). The three-time Champion Sire is an asset anywhere he appears in a pedigree, as the sire of 32 Gr1 winners, 76 million-dollar yearlings and ten Gr1-siring sons, and damsire of 70 stakes-winners, including this season’s Classic-winning colts Ace High, D’Argento, Kementari and Levendi.
  • The superbly consistent leading sire Not A Single Doubt’s fee has been set at $99,000 inc GST (LFT). His 14 stakes-winners this season, among them Caulfield Guineas G1 winner Mighty Boss, are close to a career-best tally. Breeders continue to be well-rewarded for their Not a Single Doubt yearlings, which have achieved a major sale average of almost $300,000 over the past two years, and sold up to $1.05 million this year. 
  • Classic and weight-for-age champion Dundeel has already thrown Group 3 winner Irukandji from his first crop of 2YOs, and his second-crop yearlings have sold up to $500,000. Dundeel's fee is unchanged at $27,500 inc GST.
  • Buyers have clearly liked the first yearlings by Champion sprinter-miler Olympic Glory, paying an average of six times his fee for them, with $600,000 and $400,000 paid for his top-priced colt and filly. Olympic Glory's 2018 fee is $16,500 inc GST.
  • Deep Impact’s top-class son Real Impact will stand his third season at an unchanged fee of $19,250 inc GST. Dual Group winner Scissor Kick stands again at $16,500 inc GST.  Both stallions have left very attractive first foals and their first Australian yearlings will be offered at 2019 sales.
  • Fees for the three international champions Arrowfield launched last year are all unchanged: Japan's Horse of the Year Maurice ($33,000 inc GST) and Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle ($13,750 inc GST), and European 2YO sprinting star Shalaa ($33,000 inc GST).

MM National Weanling Sale Catalogue Online

Thursday, 19th April 2018

The catalogue for the 2018 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale is now available online. The major sale, comprising 542 lots by a record 107 individual sires, will be held at the Gold Coast on May 24 and 25. Weanlings by no fewer than 22 individual first season sires will feature - an unprecedented line up of domestic and international Group One winners. All of Australia's leading active sires are well represented. "We are delighted to release the first catalogue of the National Sale Series," Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said. "The sale has produced countless pin-hook success stories who have gone on to star at the Yearling Sales and ultimately the track." Bowditch added: "Pierro, Zoustar, Peggy Jean, Redzel, Volpe Veloce and Seasons Bloom are examples of the quality racehorses who have emerged first at the National Weanling Sale." Click here to view catalogue.

Trapeze Artist Wins Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes

Monday, 9th April 2018

At Royal Randwick on day one of The Championships, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite races quinella when 3YO Australian-bred colt Trapeze Artist (Snitzel-Treppes, by Domesday) overcame a wide run to draw clear for a strong win in the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Redzel & In Her Time. Not only did Trapeze Artist claim his second top-flight win, but he also broke Black Caviar's race record setting a new benchmark of 1:08.29. Several major studs are now believed to be lining up to purchase Trapeze Artist, who could fetch upwards of $40 million. "All the big farms are on him. I'm going to the sales [Inglis Easter] tomorrow and we will sit down and work out what we're going to do," owner Bert Vieira told the Sydney Morning Herald. Trainer Gerald Ryan said he hopes Trapeze Artist continues to race. "I know he'll probably get a lot of dollars for him but I just hope Bert keeps racing him. It's the best horse he's ever had," Ryan said. Trapeze Artist improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Golden Rose, Gr2 Expressway Stakes & Gr3 Black Opal Stakes) and 2 placings (the Gr1 Randwick Guineas & Gr1 Inglis Sires' Produce Stakes) from 13 starts for $2,753,850 in earnings. Hailing from the female family of Gr1 winners Crawl and Boardwalk Angel, Trapeze Artist was passed in for $250,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vieira Group. Interestingly, Trapeze Artist also traces his female line back to New Zealand mare Entreaty, the dam of legendary racehorse Phar Lap.

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Trapeze Artist (image: Steve Hart)

Estijaab Wins Gr1 Golden Slipper

Monday, 26th March 2018

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite race success when 2YO Australian-bred filly Estijaab (Snitzel-Response, by Charge Forward) utilised her brilliant natural speed to overcome her wide barrier and win the world's richest race for 2YOs, the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m), defeating fellow fillies Oohood & Sunlight. Co-trainer John Hawkes, who was celebrating his fourth Slipper success after the wins of Guineas (1997), Forensics (2007) and Mossfun (2104), was delighted to see Estijaab justify her hefty price tag on one of Australian racing's biggest days. "Everybody went off her after the other day but you've got have them peaking on the right day," Hawkes told Sky Racing. "It's no good having them win the Slipper two weeks before. Her biggest attribute is her gate speed. She has shown us a lot from day one." Hawkes added: "She doesn't know how much she cost but it's good to see the expensive ones win." From the dual Gr1-winning mare Response (Charge Forward), Estijaab races in the green and white colours of Emirates Park who purchased her from the Arrowfield draft for $1.7 million at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. She improved her record to 3 wins (including the Gr2 Reisling Stakes) and 1 placing (the Gr2 ATC Silver Slipper Stakes) from 4 starts for $2,335,075 in earnings. Estijaab is the 13th Group 1 winner by Snitzel and his 4th Gr1 winner this season after Trapeze Artist (Golden Rose), Redzel (Darley Classic) and Russian Revolution (Oakleigh Plate). She is also one of 7 Group 1 winners by Snitzel that have been sold as yearlings by Arrowfield, after Heavenly Blue, Hot Snitzel, Invader, Snitzerland, Sweet Idea & Wandjina.

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Estijaab (image: Steve Hart)

Slipper Glory For Snitzel

Monday, 26th March 2018

Last year Arrowfield took what it believed was one of the best fillies it had ever consigned to the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Offered on behalf of breeder Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm operation, the daughter of Snitzel and dual Group 1 winner Response (by Charge Forward) filled the eyes of the Emirates Park team led by Bryan Carlson and trainers John, Michael & Wayne Hawkes who purchased the filly for $1.7 million. On Saturday, their judgement and financial commitment was justified with a superlative display of sustained speed and gritty determination, aided by Brenton Avdulla's bold ride, to win the $3.5 million Gr1 ATC Golden Slipper (1200m). Estijaab's victory brought up several milestones for sensational Champion Sire Snitzel: his first Golden Slipper winner, his 13th Group 1 winner and his fourth Group 1 winner this season after Trapeze Artist, Redzel and Russian Revolution. Snitzel's Australian season earnings now approach an unprecedented $22 million, more than double those of his nearest rival I Am Invincible, and he moves into the No.1 spot on the 2YO Sires' list with $3,198,395 prize money. Arrowfield will offer 47 yearlings at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale, including 8 fillies and two colts by Snitzel. Click here to view draft.

Redzel Wins Gr2 Challenge Stakes

Monday, 12th March 2018

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.

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Redkirk Warrior Wins Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning

Monday, 19th February 2018

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.

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Redkirk Warrior upset Redzel (pic: Mark Gatt)

Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Field Finalised

Thursday, 15th February 2018

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.

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Formaility will carry 53.5kg (pic: Steve Hart)

Hey Doc On Trial for Dubai

Tuesday, 13th February 2018

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.

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Hey Doc (image: Mark Gatt)

Redzel Streak To Continue

Tuesday, 13th February 2018

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.

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Redzel winning The Everest (image: Steve Hart)

Doncaster Aim for Alizee

Wednesday, 7th February 2018

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."

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Alizee (image: Steve Hart)

Expressway Option for Ace Colt

Thursday, 25th January 2018

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."

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Ace High (image: Mark Gatt)

Racing NSW Takes The Everest to US

Thursday, 25th January 2018

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.

Easy Does It For Redzel

Wednesday, 24th January 2018

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."

Ace High to Trial

Monday, 22nd January 2018

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."

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Ace High winning the Victoria Derby (image: Mark Gatt)

Lightning First-Up for Redzel

Tuesday, 16th January 2018

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."

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Redzel winning The Everest (image: Steve Hart)

Magic Millions Yearling Sale Begins Today

Wednesday, 10th January 2018

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.

Sale schedule

  • Wednesday 10 January - Book 1 (Day 1: Lots 1-252)
  • Thursday 11 January - Book 1 (Day 2: Lots 253 to 504)
  • Friday 12 January - Book 1 (Day 3: Lots 505 to 756)
  • Saturday 13 January - $10 million Magic Millions Raceday, Gold Coast
  • Saturday 13 January – Book 1 (Day 4: Lots 757 to 853)
  • Sunday 14 January - Book 2 (Day 5: Lots 854 to 1062)
  • Tuesday 16 January - Book 3 (Day 6)

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Brave Smash Aiming for Higher Honours in Autumn

Tuesday, 9th January 2018

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.

Supido Joins Music Magnate In Gr1 Al Quoz Discussions

Friday, 5th January 2018

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.

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Feb Return for Top Sprinter

Friday, 22nd December 2017

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.

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Redzel winning The Everest (image: Steve Hart)

Redzel Favourite for Everest

Thursday, 7th December 2017

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

Smart Glenall Returns

Friday, 17th November 2017

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 Gold Coast Yearling Sale Catalogue Online

Thursday, 16th November 2017

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

  • Wednesday 10 January - Book 1 (Day 1: Lots 1-252)
  • Thursday 11 January - Book 1 (Day 2: Lots 253 to 504)
  • Friday 12 January - Book 1 (Day 3: Lots 505 to 756)
  • Saturday 13 January - $10 million Magic Millions Raceday, Gold Coast
  • Saturday 13 January – Book 1 (Day 4: Lots 757 to 853)
  • Sunday 14 January - Book 2 (Day 5: Lots 854 to 1062)
  • Tuesday 16 January - Book 3 (Day 6) Catalogue available December

Redzel Wins Gr1 Darley Classic

Monday, 13th November 2017

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.

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Redzel (image: Mark Gatt)

Snowden Delighted with Redzel

Thursday, 2nd November 2017

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.

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Redzel winning The Everest (image: Steve Hart)

Darley Target for Vega Magic

Tuesday, 31st October 2017

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.

Chautauqua Ready to Show Best

Friday, 27th October 2017

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.

Gr1 Manikato Stakes Field & Barriers

Wednesday, 25th October 2017

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.

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Wednesday, 25th October 2017

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:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) - $10,767,438
  2. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) - $4,215,394
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $3,170,903
  4. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,050,574
  5. High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) - $2,776,864
  6. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $2,688,460
  7. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $2,576,628
  8. Teofilo (Galileo) - $2,099,116
  9. Flying Spur (Danehill) - $2,064,779
  10. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $1,945,879

Malaguerra Set to Strike in Manikato

Tuesday, 24th October 2017

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.

Redzel Wins The Everest

Monday, 16th October 2017

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.

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Redzel (image: Steve Hart)

Everest A Race Of Inches: McEvoy

Friday, 13th October 2017

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.

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Everest contender Redzel (image: Steve Hart)

The Everest Final Field & Barriers

Wednesday, 11th October 2017

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)

  • Chautauqua (GPI Racing)
  • Houtzen (Aquis Farm)
  • She Will Reign (Yu Long Investments)
  • Fell Swoop (Inglis)
  • Tulip (Coolmore)
  • Redzel (James Harron Bloodstock)
  • Redkirk Warrior (The Star)
  • English (TAB)
  • Deploy (Chris Waller)
  • Brave Smash (ATC)
  • Vega Magic (Max Whitby)
  • Clearly Innocent (Damion Flower)

English To Peak in Everest

Wednesday, 11th October 2017

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."

Chautauqua Set to Fire on All Cylinders

Thursday, 28th September 2017

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."

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Chautauqua (image: Steve Hart)

Redzel Wins Gr2 Shorts

Monday, 18th September 2017

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.

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Redzel (image: Steve Hart)

Chautauqua Launches Everest Campaign

Friday, 15th September 2017

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.

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Chautauqua claiming an unprecedented third Gr1 TJ Smith success (image: Steve Hart)

Ward Delighted With Redzel Slot

Thursday, 14th September 2017

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.

High Five For Hall Of Famer McEvoy

Tuesday, 5th September 2017

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.

Redzel Wins Gr3 Concorde Stakes

Monday, 4th September 2017

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.

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Redzel put his hoof up for The Everest (pic: Steve Hart)

Best Yet to Come From Redzel

Friday, 1st September 2017

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.

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Redzel (image: Steve Hart)