Peter Snowden Philosophical Regarding T J Smith Upset of Redzel

Redzel has been compiling an impressive record over the past several years, despite being upset in the Group 1 T J Smith Stakes at Randwick on April 7 by Trapeze Artist and the Group 1 Lightning Stakes by Redkirk Warrior on February 17.

Running second in a Group 1 race is no disgrace, but when you win The Everest, people begin to expect that you will win every time out.

Racing punters are being spoiled by a certain mare from Sydney that is within one win of tying Black Caviar’s 25 consecutive wins.

There are a high number of 1’s alongside Redzel’s name when his racing record is examined. He has won half of his 24 starts and has placed in seven others. His prizemoney haul equates to over $362,000 per race and it is safe to assume that if you offered that sort of return to a buyer at one of the sales, the line of takers would stretch across the country and back again.

Peter and Paul Snowden must be high on the Boxing Day list of the large group of owners who have a stake in Redzel, so Peter Snowden was rather sanguine when he recounted the way the T J Smith Stakes unfolded.

“We had our chance but the race just didn’t pan out how we’d have liked it to,” he said.There was one furlong where we just had to do too much work, from the 600 to the 400. We wanted them to cross him but they didn’t and he got running a bit which he doesn’t normally do and ran a 10.2.“It just softened him more than we’d have liked but as I said, we had our chance.”

The window of opportunity opens and closes quickly in a 1200-metre race, even if the original field of 14 did shrink to 11 at the start.

Redzel will now head to Queensland to prepare to defend his 2017 win in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 on May 12.

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