The Melbourne Cup Carnival certainly did not disappoint in its ability to generate beautiful stories of struggle and success.
70 year old Cranbourne trainer Udyta Clarke and her homebred sprinter Rich Charm maybe was the most touching yarn of the famous week at Flemington.
But in terms of raw performance, at the most elite level, you couldn’t beat the Victorian bred Redzel cruising to victory in the $1 million Darley Classic on Stakes Day.
After Saturday’s win and, before that, success in the $10 million Everest at Randwick, surely Redzel now lays claim to being the world’s best sprinter?
Only a few years ago, another Victorian bred sprinter held that title. Remember Black Caviar.
Interestingly, the two sprinting stars have a common thread. And that is Eliza Park.
Redzel is a product of the farm which was headquartered in Romsey but also stretching to properties in Nagambie. Famously, Redzel was an orphan foal having spent just a few weeks with his dam Millrich before she succumbed to laminitis.
Black Caviar’s heritage is linked inextricably with Eliza Park.
Her extraordinary dam Helsinge was bred by Rob Crabtree and Eliza Park’s then owner Lee Fleming. And her sire, Bel Esprit was six times champion Victorian sire while standing at the Romsey stallion barns.
Of course, Eliza Park has since been taken over by Sun Stud, but remains the source of quality bloodstock and home of a super roster of young stallions plus the proven, Group 1 producing Magnus (a close relation of Black Caviar).
The Darley Classic was Redzel’s sixth win in succession and his second Group 1 win after winning the Doomben 10,000 earlier this year.
And with $7,797,750 in prizemoney now, we hazard a guess the Snowden trained gelding is the highest earning orphan foal of all time.
Breeding note: Redzel is a half-brother to Rangal Park Stud sire Danerich. Danerich was Millrich’s third foal while Redzel was her eleventh foal (and last).