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Redzel takes crown as Australia’s Best Sprinter

Jackson Oldham in Latest News 12 Nov 2017
  • Redzel takes out the Group One Darley Classic 
  • Terravista runs a terrific second
  • The end of the road for The Grey Flash?
Kerrin McEvoy riding Redzel wins the Group One Darley Classic

Redzel ran his rivals ragged in the Group One Darley Classic, leading all the way to assert himself as the best Sprinter in Australia. The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained five-year-old Gelding has won six on the bounce and 11 from 21, including four consecutive wins this Spring, making for a faultless preparation.  

The bombproof Gelding is a marvel for his regular Jockey Kerrin McEvoy, trainers Peter & Paul Snowden and Punters alike, making his own luck on speed and always giving a great sight. Redzel has now not run outside of the top two since the 2016 Moir Stakes, 13 months ago. 

As always, the Darley Classic is a feature on Stakes Day and this year was no different, with most horses backing-up from The Everest. As the horses jumped they immediately split, with the four horses from the inside barriers going straight to the inside rail, while the rest of the horses went to the grandstand side. 

The Hayes & Dabernig duo Vega Magic and Redkirk Warrior both went down to the inside and they were on the back foot, along with Rock Magic and Missrock. 

The Grandstand side division were always in front and that group was led up by Redzel who was rated perfectly in the lead by Kerrin McEvoy. The Godolphin runner Impending sat on his inside with Super Cash also handy. 

Although he was still battling on well, it was clear that Impending couldn’t match the speed of Redzel with 300m remaining as McEvoy produced the whip. Terravista was the surprise packet of the race, beating just four runners home in his last three straights, the eight-year-old Gelding trained by Joe Pride produced a great sprint and looked to challenge Redzel, but could only get within three-quarters of a length before Redzel held him at bay over the concluding stages. 

Is this the end of the road for Chautauqua? It seems like an overreaction to say about a horse that has run two consecutive fourths in two of the best sprint races Australia has to offer. However, the seven-year-old Gelding just settles too far back in the run against these speedy front runners such as Redzel. Chautauqua has only recorded one win in his last ten starts and has been unplaced on six of those occasions. 

Clearly Innocent ran an unbelievable fifth. The elite sprinters are probably too sharp for him, but he was hitting the line with Chautauqua, matching his sprint. That probably says more about Chautauqua, however, it was still an exceptional run. Rock Magic also ran an outstanding race in sixth. He got left on his own back on the inside with about 200m to go and still looked like challenging the outside division. 

Redzel has now clearly taken the title as Australia’s Best Sprinter. It will be an interesting battle again in the Autumn when Vega Magic is at his peak, but for now, Redzel is king. 

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Redzel takes crown as Australia’s Best Sprinter

Redzel ran his rivals ragged in the Group One Darley Classic, leading all the way to assert himself as the best Sprinter in Australia. The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained five-year-old Gelding has won six on the bounce and 11 from 21, including four consecutive wins this Spring, making for a faultless preparation.

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