A fresh and well Redzel is only a couple of weeks away from a barrier trial as trainers Peter and Paul Snowden plan a familiar path to The Everest with the star sprinter.
Redzel won the inaugural Everest at Randwick last October and again has this year’s $13 million sprint as his main spring target at his third run in from a spell.
Peter Snowden said Redzel was able to have a good four weeks off after his close fourth in the Group One Doomben 10,000 in May and is delighted with the way the sprinter is building up for his spring campaign.
“He really enjoyed that month off,” Snowden said.
“He went straight out after the 10,000 and had four weeks up in Brisbane in the sun which was fantastic. He’s very fresh at the moment.”
Snowden said Redzel was scheduled to step out in a barrier trial at Gosford on August 6 or Rosehill a day later.
“His first start will be on the first of September in the Concorde Stakes,” Snowden said.
“Then he’ll run two weeks later in The Shorts and then he’ll have a month between The Shorts and The Everest with a trial in between.”
Redzel won the Concorde Stakes and The Shorts last spring before winning The Everest and Snowden decided not to alter that program.
“I was going to do it a little bit differently, but it works out that I can do the same thing as last year,” he said.
“It worked so well last year so we’ll try to get him in a similar vein this year.”
Redzel runs in the slot of Yulong Investments in this year’s Everest.
He won last year’s race when he ran in the slot held by James Harron Bloodstock.