Redzel Thrills Big Crowd at Royal Randwick to take The Everest

Redzel won the first running of The Everest (1200) on Saturday at Royal Randwick. Kerrin McEvoy was the jockey and he later said that it felt just a good as winning the Melbourne Cup.

One thing that can be said for the race was that it was a huge draw in terms of spectators. Over 33,000 showed up, a crowd size seldom seen in Sydney. Only about 10,000 showed up to see Winx win the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (1600 m), barely more than the field that took her on.

Redzel carried to weight of 58.5 kg, one of the eight in the race to do so.

She Will Reign ($5.50) jumped as the second favourite, but could not take advantage of the 6.5 kg advantage she had over most of the field. She was 4.5 lengths behind at the wire.

Chautauqua ($6) had a bad day and some say that he has not been the same since his stint in Hong Kong. He was coming on strong at the end and perhaps could have benefitted from another 200 m, but as they say, “If wishes were horses…”

Favorite Vega magic ($4.80) took second, less than a length behind the winner and Brave Smash ($19) was third, one length back from the winner.

McEvoy credited the Snowdens with being patient with Redzel’s development. “They’ve been so patient with this fella early in his career and it’s paying dividends now.”I’m so privileged to be riding these horses for Peter and Paul Snowden. They are master horsemen and job well done to them.”

The five-year-old bay gelding by Snitzel from Millrich has been impressive of late. He won the Group 2 The Shorts (1100 m) in mid-September and the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1299 m) in May of this year.

Those results bode well for him and serve as warning to the other sprinters.

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