Slot Holder: Yulong Investments
Trainers: Peter and Paul Snowden
Owners: Triple Crown Syndications., Ten Players, Mr J N Allen, Walfam No 2, Mr P Piras, Mr V P Chau, Mr T W Cheng, Mr M R Waddington, Mrs A Gibson, Dr A Kuok, Mr J W Medland, Mr T Kocovski, Mrs P Di Marco, Mr L Halloran, Mr M E Hardwick, Mr B D Playford, Mr D D Yates, Mr A Savage
Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy
Last year Redzel was the new kid on the block, the rising star, when he claimed the inaugural running of The Everest. That famous victory before a massive crowd at Royal Randwick stamped the gelding as the nation’s premier sprinter as he’s only continued to live up to that title since.
A second Group 1 success came his way soon after the Everest as he claimed the Darley Classic at Flemington and in the autumn he added the Randwick 1000m track record to his CV when he took out the Challenge Stakes. Come Everest day later this year, Redzel will have a revenge mission after the colt Trapeze Artist managed the not so easy feat of running him down to claim the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) over the Everest course.
Yulong Investments secured a deal to run Redzel in the 2018 Everest and according to its chief operating officer Sam Fairgray he’s been high on the wish list for slot owner Yuesheng Zhang basically since he crossed the line.
“Redzel obviously won it last year but he is so adaptable in all conditions. If it is a wet track then it’s not a problem to him,” Fairgray said.
“Mr Zhang also has horses in work with the Snowdens and as far as a trainer who can target a race and get it spot on their record with that is fantastic. “It’s exciting to have a good, tough, honest horse. He creates his own luck and that’s a great asset to have.’’
Triple Crown director Michael Ward said the plan for Redzel heading towards his Everest defence looks very similar to last year’s successful formula. “We’ve got the proven formula that worked last year and we’ll follow a similar path. After the Doomben 10,000 he’ll have a few weeks off up there in Brisbane with the sun on his back,’’ he said.