Redzel Confirmed Early for 2018 The Everest at Randwick
Redzel won enough when taking The Everest that he and his connections can pay for his slot with the profit and still have lots of cash in hand.
So, he is in the Yulong Investments slot for the 2018 edition On October 13 at Randwick. Redzel could afford to enter for many years. He could even afford to pay the entry fee well after he is retired.
“Redzel obviously won it last year but he is so adaptable in all conditions,” Yulong’s chief operating officer Sam Fairgray told Racing NSW.
The prizemoney has been boosted to $13 million from $10 million. If Redzel wins again, it might be fitting to leave one of the 12 slots empty going forward as an homage.
When Redzel won in 2017, he was running for James Harron Bloodstock. It was not revealed that he would be in the race until September of 2017, so getting his name on the list five-plus months in advance will give Peter and Paul Snowden all the time they need to have the five-year-old bay gelding in tip-top shape.
That was the sentiment expressed by Michael Ward, one of the big honchos at the Triple Crown Syndications group under which Redzel races, who said that confirming Redzel this far in advance provides, “The freedom to prepare from here with The Everest the main goal. We’ve got the proven formula that worked last year and we’ll follow a similar path,” Ward said.
Redzel will have the chance to show his stuff Saturday coming, when he tries the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 in Brisbane and runs against one of the others confirmed for The Everest, In Her Time.
Trapeze Artist is the third confirmed of the 12 available slots, and his recent form suggests that Redzel will not win The Everest without a serious challenge from the son of Snitzel from Treppes.
Trapeze Artist boasts a 42.9 percent winning strike rate and 57.1 percent for placing strike rate. Redzel’s percentages are quite a bit better, 50 percent for wins and 79.2 for placings.