Jockey Kerrin McEvoy has given dual Everest champion 7YO Redzel a glowing review after his first trial on the road to attempting a threepeat of Australia’s richest race.
The son of Snitzel finished second in the 800m trial at Gosford on Monday without his trademark blinkers, less than half a length behind Oakfield Twilight, and McEvoy said everything about the morning was positive.
Redzel has recorded just two second placings, the latest the Group 2 Victory Stakes when run down by I Am Excited in April, from five starts since his second Everest win which has raised questions about his ability to win the feature sprint again.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden was also rapt with Redzel’s demeanour and said on Sky Sports Radio shortly after the trial it’s onwards and upwards to his next trial in a couple of weeks.
Snowden has marked the Group 3 Concorde Stakes at Royal Randwick for his resumption in what is already shaping as a stern test with TAB Everest contenders Santa Ana Lane, Sunlight and Pierata expected to line up alongside unbeaten Queenslander Zoustyle.
McEvoy will be in the saddle in the Concorde and it’s that race which will shape his decision making on which horse to ride in the A$14m Everest.