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Everest defence on Redzel's horizon

  • Thu, 09 Aug 2018
  • Mathew Toogood
Elite sprinter Redzel is pleasing his connections with his early Everest build-up.

Elite sprinter Redzel is pleasing his connections with his early Everest build-up.

Star sprinter Redzel has come through the first public appearance of his latest preparation in fine order as he continues his build-up towards his defence of the Everest.

Redzel stepped out in a barrier trial at Gosford on Monday and finished second in his 800-metre heat, giving co-trainer Peter Snowden everything he wanted to see.

The six-year-old is scheduled to have another trial on August 20 at Rosehill ahead of his planned return in the 1000-metre Gr. 3 Concorde Stakes at Randwick on September 1.

"Everything is on track," Snowden said. "I'm very happy with him."

Redzel won the inaugural Everest at Randwick last October in his third run of an unbeaten four-start spring preparation.

Snowden believes the gelding is building up to this year's spring carnival in a similar fashion to a year ago.

"You won't know until you run them, but I know the horse quite well and I know he's really well," Snowden said. "His work has been very good.

"He was sharp the other day and he wouldn't have blown a match out. He only had a soft trial, but he pulled up really, really well and he's coming to hand really well."