Racing preview (September 13): Redzel snares start in $10m The Everest

Updated: September 12, 2017

Triple Crown director Chris Ward said securing a slot in the Everest with star sprinter Redzel is a “dream come true” for everyone associated with the horse. Redzel was announced last night as the sixth confirmed starter in the world’s richest race on turf, the $10m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 14, after a deal was struck with slot holder James Harron; overall 2017-18 season record (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 81-5-117, +30.5 units


Doomben 10,000 winner Redzel has secured his place in the $10 million Everest with James Harron Bloodstock choosing the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained sprinter as its representative. Owned by Triple Crown Syndications, Redzel (pictured above) is a last-start winner of the Group 3 Concorde Stakes, his first run since his Group One triumph in May. “He’s a fantastically brilliant and consistent sprinter who has won or been second in 11 of his past 13 starts and was scintillating under 60kg in the Concorde last time,” Harron said. Redzel is shading fellow Everest runner Chautauqua for favouritism in Saturday’s Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick on Saturday.

• The Melbourne Racing Club has welcomed a change in the re-handicapping policy for the Caulfield Cup winner in the Melbourne Cup. Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter announced that the Caulfield Cup winner would not be given a Melbourne Cup weight penalty if it already has 56kg or more. Should the Caulfield Cup winner have less than 56kg, a penalty for the Melbourne Cup will not take that horse higher than 56kg. Carpenter said the change was designed to reinvigorate the link between Australia’s two premier staying handicaps. Eight Caulfield Cup winners in the past 40 years have carried more than 56kg in the Melbourne Cup with none finishing in the top three.

• Star Irish stayer Order Of St George has been given top weight for the Melbourne Cup for the second-straight year and the handicapper says he will be bitterly disappointed if the horse doesn’t take up the challenge this time. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Order Of St George has 58kg for the 3200m race at Flemington on November 7, half a kilo more than last year’s third place-getter Hartnell. Godolphin’s Hartnell is the 58kg top weight for the Caulfield Cup (2400m) with Order Of St George only entered for Flemington. Two days after Order Of St George won the Irish St Leger by nine lengths, Racing Victoria’s chief handicapper Greg Carpenter was comfortable with 58kg.


Today’s racing: Mornington (Vic – soft 7), Canterbury (NSW – good 4), Doomben (Qld – good 4), Belmont (WA – good 4), Balaklava (SA – good 4). Harness racing: Redcliffe (Qld), Bathurst (NSW), Echuca (Vic). Greyhound racing: The Meadows (Vic), Angle Park (SA), Bendigo (Vic), Richmond (NSW), Albion Park (Qld), Winnellie Park (NT), Cranbourne (Vic), Rockhampton (Qld), Ballarat (Vic), Wentworth Park (NSW), Cannington (WA).


Confirmed betting (card finalised)

Canterbury R1 #2 Beacon (win)
Canterbury R5 #4 In Times Of War (win)
Canterbury R7 #11 Mahalangur (win)
Mornington R3 #2 Andrea Mantegna (win)
Mornington R5 #9 Blazers (win)
Monrington R8 #8 Motown Lil (win)
Balaklava R6 #3 He Is Golden (win)
Balaklava R7 #6 Lady Esprit (win)
Belmont R7 #4 General Husson (win)


Yesterday’s results (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 1-0-1, +1.9 units

Pakenham R8 #8 Bon For Glory (win) LOSE (U/P)
Tamworth R8 #1 Advantage (win) 1st ($3.90)



• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Crownbet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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