Elia Park bred sprinting star Redzel scorched the turf to lower the 1000 metre track record in the $500,000 Group 2 Challenge Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
It was the first time the gelding had raced in Sydney since winning the inaugural $10 million Everest last October. He has now taken his career earnings past $8 million.
Tracking the ferocious speed set by the freewheeling Super Too, the Peter and Paul Snowden trained Redzel came clear in the final stages to defeat the field by one and a quarter lengths.
“I have never doubted his ability and he always gets the job done,” co-trainer Paul Snowden said.
“He will head to the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes and will get there in top shape.”
“I’d love to have about 10 of him. Actually, I won’t be greedy, five would do. He’s so quiet, so relaxed, so tough, so fast, he handles it wet, he handles it dry. He ticks every box.
“He’s now the finished product and it’s been great to be a part of him evolving into the perfect racehorse. When you talk bombproof horses, Sepoy’s the only horse I think I could compare with him.”
Redzel advances his record to 12 wins, 5 seconds and 1 third from 23 starts with earnings of $8,221,750.
Bred by Eliza Park’s Lee Fleming, Redzel is the tenth living foal and second stakes-winner, after the Group 3 winner Danerich, for the former top-class Rubiton mare Millrich.
Winner of the Group 3 Sweet Embrace Stakes, Millrich was placed in the Group 1 Golden Slipper, Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes, Group 2 Magic Night Stakes and Group 2 San Domenico Stakes.
A sister to the dam of the talented El Roca (Fastnet Rock) Millrich unfortunately had to be euthanased with laminitis three weeks after foaling Redzel at Eliza Park’s Northwood property in Nagambie.
Former Eliza Park Stud Manager Kim Alderton, who now runs her own operation, Shadow Hill Thoroughbreds at Avenel, remembers Millrich and the “robust” Redzel fondly.
“She was a super mare, and I was fortunate to have the pleasure to care for her and her offspring over my eighteen years at Eliza Park,” Alderton said.
“He was foaled by Christie Murphy, (now) our foaling manager here at Shadow Hill, so we are both closely connected.”
“He was such a burly foal. Some orphans are shy to go for a drink and difficult to foster, but he was just so pushy. Straight in there for some milk. He muscled his way onto his foster mare, Regal Arena, who could be difficult, but he didn’t give her a choice.”
“He was always a good size foal, despite a tough start, and the way he was with the mare, meant he was a forward foal.”
And that attitude has certainly carried him in good stead as he continues his incredible racing career.