Top sprinter Redzel has led all the way in a 1000-metre barrier trial at Rosehill ahead of his campaign to defend his title in the A$13 million Everest.

Wearing blinkers, Redzel jumped straight to the front and held off Champagne Cuddles by two and a quarter lengths with I am Excited edging Everest favourite Trapeze Artist out of third.

Gr. 1 Sires' Produce Stakes winner El Dorado Dreaming has trialled over 1000 metres at Newcastle, closing late to head Smart Melody.