REDZEL has surely established himself as the new sprint king of Australia following his victory in the Darley Classic.
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained charge came down the grandstand side and powered to the line nearly a length clear of TERRAVISTA, who produced a stunning second-up effort to show that the one-time world’s best sprinter isn’t done with just yet.
Stradbroke winner IMPENDING was just behind in third while the fast-finishing CHAUTAUQUA grabbed the fourth spot, however, the champ never looked a winning possibility.
It was important to note that the first five across the line all came down the grandstand side while ROCK MAGIC and VEGA MAGIC were the best of those on the rails.
Punters mainly wanted to be on Chautauqua and Redzel with the pair holding more than 60 percent of the market across several corporates and bookies including TAB.
Vega Magic was a noted drifter right throughout betting despite attracting some strong bets.
TOSEN STARDOM was kept safe in the betting across the board and the manner in which he won the Emirates Stakes shows exactly why.
The Darren Weir-trained runner produced a sensational turn of foot over the final 300 metres to win the Group One in emphatic fashion over the fast-finishing HAPPY CLAPPER and IT’S SOMEWHAT.
Tosen Stardom started around the $6.50 mark but was $8 prior to the scratching of GINGERNUTS which threw betting into chaos just moments before the race. The Kiwi had been the best supported runner at most bookies prior to his withdrawal.
FOLKSWOOD went out as the $3.60 favourite and attracted good money throughout the day but was stranded wide for a good portion of the 2000 metres and battled on courageously to run fifth. Weir’s other runner, CLIFF’S EDGE, did it tough outside the leader GAILO CHOP but was in front at the 200 metres before being swamped. The youngster attracted some big bets late.