Redzel (pictured) clinched a stunning back-to-back triumph in The Everest, shutting out race favourite Shoals to claim the huge A$6 million first prize at Randwick in Sydney yesterday.
The defending victor shot out of barrier one and blasted in front of the pack on the rail to slot into first place ahead of Trapeze Artist and Osborne Bulls.
Before a bumper crowd of 40,578, the biggest Sydney racetrack attendance in more than 15 years, Redzel sprinted into racing’s history books with a second successive win in the $13 million The TAB Everest (1200m).
Suddenly, Redzel’s 17 owners put together by Triple Crown Syndications Michael and Chris Ward and including people from all walks of like including a police officer, school teacher, doctor, taxi driver, concreter, electrician, pharmacist, cricket coach and a security guard, were celebrating with their slot-holder, Yuesheng Zhang, a Chinese billionaire with varied worldwide business interests include mines, wind farms and hotels.
“Three (in a row) would be too much to ask for. I’m going to lap up today. Big congrats to (son) Paul. He has helped me a lot with the horse,” co-trainer Peter Snowden said.
Billed as the world’s richest race on turf, 12 of racing’s fastest sprinters competed for a total of A$13 million in prize money in the blockbuster race, which is run over 1200m.
A tidy $600,000 entry fee for each horse was put forward before the race with Shoals — starting from Barrier 2 — sitting as the $5.00 favourite before the gun.
Redzel, who was last week named Australia’s champion sprinter for 2017/18, came in at $8.00.