Redzel saw off a potential challenger to his TAB Everest crown in a few weeks time with a brilliant win in the Group Three Concorde Stakes (1000 metres).
The race itself was an early look at the Everest as Invincible Star, for the Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott combination, had secured a slot in the world’s richest race on turf earlier in the week after a blistering trial win.
More importantly though the pair share similar racing styles of preferring to race up on the speed so most punters knew Redzel wouldn’t get his own way out in front.
That is exactly how it worked out with Invincible Star leading for James McDonald and Redzel forced to do the bullocking work outside her. This race was probably more important from an Invincible Star perspective because she had 4kg in her favour which is something she won’t get in the Everest.
The Concorde was a fantastic betting race which saw the red figures for Redzel disappear in the final stages of betting and as much as $2.35 offered, meaning Invincible Star ($2.30) and her supporters had claimed favouritism.
Redzel put paid to the leader at the top of the straight before holding off the late charge from Kaepernick to go back-to-back in the Concorde. Invincible Star battled on to finish just over a length third but she would need to improve on the run significantly if she is to trouble Redzel and others later on in the spring.
This week we’ll get to see another contender for the Crown in Trapeze Artist go around in the Theo Marks Stakes at Rosehill. He is currently $5 favourite (@bet365) in front of Redzel ($6 @bet365) while beaten Memsie Stakes favourite, Vega Magic, is being kept safe @ $7 (Palmerbet) despite appearing to be a shade disappointing at Caulfield last Saturday.