2017 Darley Classic Results: Redzel is an Australian Legend
It was business as usual for the Paul & Peter Snowden trained Redzel as the gelding led from start to finish to win Saturday’s $1 million Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m). The race meant that it was The Everest winner’s first career Group 1 win, as well as its 6th straight victory and its 8th victory in 10 races. After the victory, racing fans across the country have been labeling the 5YO as a legend beyond doubt.
Before the race, it was announced that the Benjamin Smith trained second favourite In Her Time was scratched from the race. This meant that the Team Hawkes trained Chautauqua started the race as the second favourite at $4.80, while the Hayes and Dabernig trained Vega Magic started as the third favourite and its stablemate Redkirk Warrior started fourth at $9.50 jointly with the James Cummings trained Impending. As soon as the race started the racers went in two groups and within seconds Redzel was already in the lead. By the mid point, it already looked like Redzel would easily win the race by a good distance. However, while its competitors tried to reduce the distance between them and the leader, it really never looked like they would be able to outpace Redzel. In the end, Redzel comfortably finished 0.75 lengths ahead of the Josheph Pride trained Terravista ($31), while Impending finished third.
After the victory, winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy only had words of appreciation for Redzel. “He’s so reliable, you know he’s going to turn up and have a show,” said McEvoy.
“He’s just keeps achieving with what’s put in front him; he’s the best older sprinter I’ve ridden,” he added.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden also had similar words of appreciation for the winner. “He is such an easy horse to train and Paul and I both feel very privileged to have a horse with this horse’s ability,” said Snowden. “He makes our job so much easier and he is so strong now.”
“He has learnt his craft really well and Kerrin often says that he is his favourite horse to ride because of the pattern that he has now.”
“He has good speed, he switches off and everytime you ask he keeps giving.”
“For a trainer you can’t ask for anymore than that.”
The victory also put Redzel in the list of top 10 highest earning Australian horses of all time, with over $7.65 million worth of career prizemoney in winnings.