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Records beckon Redzel and Snowdens ahead of Doomben 10,000

  • Fri, 11 May 2018
  • Mark Oberhardt

Champion sprinter Redzel can etch his name in the record books in tomorrow's Doomben 10,000, but that is secondary to his trainers Peter and Paul Snowden.

Peter Snowden can move into outright second place for all-time winning Doomben 10,000 trainers if Redzel can add the big sprint to his already imposing record.

Snowden has already won the race three times, twice as Darley's head trainer with Beaded (2011) and Epaulette (2013) and then in partnership with son Paul last year with Redzel.

Bart Cummings and Harry Plant have also trained three Doomben 10,000 winners, while Tommy Smith is the record holder having won the race six times.

Redzel will become Australia's greatest earning sprinter moving to A$9,118,750 if he takes the A$427,000 first prize. That will take him past Chautauqua's A$8,821,935.

Redzel can become the ninth favourite to win since the race went metric in 1997 and the first favourite since Sea Siren in 2012.

Now regarded as Australia's best sprinter, Redzel can also become the fifth horse to win back-to-back Doomben 10,000s.

However the Snowdens are the least worried about records as they feel Redzel is ready to add another Group One win before his bid to defend his title in the A$13 million Everest in October.

He has drawn barrier six tomorrow, which looks ideal.

"The barriers didn't really worry us as he is a pace horse and should be able to get into a good position pretty much wherever he draws," Paul Snowden said.

"He is a seasoned traveller these days and he is better than when he won the race last year. Redzel has been racing against the best in his lead-up races."

Jim Byrne rode Redzel in last year's win but Kerrin McEvoy takes over this time. McEvoy has won the Darley Classic and the Everest on Redzel.