Redzel eyes off Flemington from the top of Everest

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    Redzel is favourite to win the Darley Classic on Emirates Stakes Day. (AAP Image/Brendan Esposito)

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    Having conquered The Everest in the inaugural running at Randwick on Saturday, trainers Peter and Paul Snowden have Redzel on course for the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

    Jockey Kerrin McEvoy rode the gelding to perfection to take out the big-money race by just shy of a length over pre-race favourite Vega Magic.

    That makes it five wins on the trot for Redzel and continues his flawless start to the season thanks to confident wins at the Concorde Stakes and Bowermans Shorts through September.

    With the richest turf race on the planet now out of the way, the focus will be shifting towards a nice week off for the five-year-old and preparations for the next run.

    Peter Snowden is confident with how his star gelding has pulled up so far and will be eyeing off a trip to Flemington for just the second time in Redzel’s career.

    “It seems to me the Darley Classic would be the right race to come back for,” Snowden said.

    “It’s just a great time frame for this bloke and it works really well.”

    The Darley Classic is in three-and-a-half weeks at the famed Flemington racecourse on November 11.

    While Redzel hasn’t ridden in the event before, he’s had one very successful dash at the Melbourne track in the past.

    His only previous run at Flemington was a breathtaking win by half a head at the Mumm Stakes last year, holding off a charging Terravista to take it at the post.

    Before he gets back to the track though, Snowden is keen to give his gelding a well-deserved rest after reeling in the bulk of the incredible $10 million purse from The Everest over the weekend.

    “I think we’ll give him a week just to come down,” he said on Sunday.

    “He looks fantastic this morning and he’s pulled up tremendously well but our routine is to give him an easy week after he races.”

    Redzel now has 10 career wins from 20 starts, with only five non-place finishes to his name.