Stakes Wins For Everest Contenders

Redzel (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}) and Redkirk Warrior (GB) (Notnowcato {GB}), contenders for the Oct. 14 A$10-million The Everest, recorded stakes wins at Randwick and Flemington, respectively, on Saturday. Redzel, who carries the colours of Triple Crown Syndications and will race in the James Harron Bloodstock slot in The Everest, was a decisive winner as the favourite in the G2 The Shorts S. over 1100 metres, leaving fellow Everest contenders English (Aus) (Encosta de Lago {Aus}) (fourth), Fell Swoop (Aus) (Not A Single Doubt {Aus}) (sixth) and Chautauqua (Aus) (Encosta de Lago {Aus}) (seventh) in his wake. Traveling a half-length second with English to his outside, Redzel overtook Ball Of Muscle (Aus) under a drive approaching the 50 metre mark and pulled clear to win by 1.3 lengths (video). Chautauqua, still last at the 100 metre mark, put in a furious late rally and will appreciate the extra 100 metres of The Everest.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden said Redzel will now head straight to The Everest.

“He has come a long way this bloke,” Snowden said. “It has all been about what he has done himself. He has learned how to race properly. He is very, very genuine. He never makes a mistake. He races on pace, on wet tracks, dry tracks, carries weight well, he’s just the real deal now.”

Chautauqua recorded the fastest 200 metre splits of any horse in the race between the 400 and 200 (10.58) and the 200 to the finish (10.84), and co-trainer Michael Hawkes was encouraged by the champion sprinter’s effort.

“He’s come back great, 1100 metres was always going to be too short but he’s hit the line solidly,” Hawkes said. “That was all I was after.”

At Flemington, Redkirk Warrior likely secured his spot in The Everest, with slotholder The Star set to choose between him and his Lindsay Park stablemate Vega Magic (Aus) (Lope de Vega {Ire}). Racing prominently up the middle of the Flemington straight in the 1200 metre G2 Bobbie Lewis Quality, Redkirk Warrior hit the lead about 400 metres out still under wraps and drew clear to win by 2 1/2 lengths unchallenged.

“I’ve been seeing his raw ability now for 12 months and if he gets the right conditions in Sydney it will take a very good horse to beat him,” co-trainer David Hayes told Racing.com. “Star will choose in the next 24 [hours] and I’ve been recommending this one to them all the way through but Vega Magic confused them a little bit. When it rains it pours, they are the two best sprinters I’ve had in a long time and they’d be good in any era so it’s luck in running and who handles Sydney the best.”

Other significant results on the Flemington card included the second-up win of the G1 Blue Diamond S. winner Catchy (Aus) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) in the G2 Danehill S., and the 2.8-length second-up win of defending G1 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin (Ger) (Monsun {Ger}) in the Listed Japan Racing Association Trophy. Almandin led home Robert Hickmott stablemates Crocodile Rock (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Aloft (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}).

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