Co-trainer Peter Snowden said Redzel has pleased in a number of Melbourne gallops leading up to the horse’s first Victorian start on Saturday’ in the 2016 The Heath Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse.
A four-year-old son of Snitzel, Redzel has had 10 starts for three wins, two seconds and a third to date all in Sydney.
His most recent win was in the July Sprint (1100m) run on a Heavy (8) Canterbury track in late July and he has won a subsequent Warwick Farm trial over 1000m from August 12 by 2.5 lengths.
The gelding is also a Black-Type winner having saluted in Randwick’s Listed The Fireball (1100m) back in early March.
Twelve months ago Snowden, who trains in partnership with his son Paul, raced Redzel at Rosehill Gardens when he finished fifth to subsequent Golden Rose winner Exosphere in the Group 2 The Run To The Rose (1200m).
This year the galloper heads to Melbourne for the first time on Memsie Stakes Day and is one of 21 nominations taken for the $150,000 Group 3 The Heath 1100 Stakes (1100m).
Snowden has been working the horse the Melbourne way of going and so far Redzel has been pleasing in his gallops.
“On Saturday he meets some smart horses on their territory but he’s a horse I’ve galloped the Melbourne way a few times and he’s also pleased me in those gallops,” Snowden told Racenet.
“We’ve worked out how he likes to race now. He probably won’t be as aggressive as he was at Canterbury the other day but he’ll be rolling along up on the speed.
“He’s going great.”
At set weights plus penalties the 57kg will be the test for the horse however, as he meets the likes of Stradbroke Handicap winner Under The Louvre only two kilos better off.
The official The Heath 1100 Stakes field and barrier draw are out on Wednesday so stay tuned.
The Snowden’s other exciting youngster racing in Melbourne this weekend is Defcon who is entered for the $150,000 Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m).
The Choisir colt is early $5 favourite in pre-field HDF McNeil Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au to win first-up in his first Melbourne assignment.
Winner of Canberra’s Group 3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m) back in March, Defcon hasn’t raced since his eighth to stablemate Capitalist in the Golden Slipper.
He worked beautifully the Melbourne way on Tuesday morning going stride-for-stride with Redzel and Snowden couldn’t be happier with how the youngster had progressed over his time away from the track.
“He has trialled well and worked well the Melbourne way this morning,” Snowden said.
“As a two-year-old he showed he was right on the cusp of the better ones and he seems a bit more settled and mature horse now.
“Working him, racing him – he drops the bit and relaxes and he’s a horse that’s got a dynamic 300 metre sprint.
“He’s in good order, I’m happy with the horse. He’ll run well.”
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