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RedzelRedzel's Outstanding Sectionals at Randwick

Brilliant sprinter Redzel (by Snitzel) produced outstanding sectionals in taking out Saturday's Challenge Stakes (Gr 2, 1000m) at Randwick, breaking an eight-year-old track record in the process.

On a day of very fast times, which caught most racing buffs by surprise with the nine race card being conducted on a surface rated as Good 4, generally considered far from ideal for breaking records, but when quality sprinter Redzel stepped out at Randwick last Saturday we saw him better De Lightning Ridge's 55.92 course record that she set in winning the very same race, the Challenge Stakes, in 2010.

This year's race also had the flying mare Super Too (by Hinchinbrook) engaged and her early sectional times were quite amazing before Redzel overpowered her in the straight, after a well-judged ride by Kerrin McEvoy.

McEvoy kept Redzel back several lengths off the hectic tempo before running out a decisive winner by almost two lengths in a time of 55.73 - bettering the old record by 0.19, with Jungle Edge (by Dubawi) a very good second and Super Too just holding on for third.

In addition to setting a new course record, Redzel's closing sectionals were also outstanding with his last 800 metres in 42.29, last 600 metres in 32.11 with his final 400 metres in a brilliant 21.70.

It was Redzel's second run this preparation and is now the winner of seven of his past eight starts with a career record of 12 wins and six placings from 23 starts for prize money earnings of A$8,221,750 - boosted by winning the inaugustal The Everest (1200m) last year.

Article courtesy of ANZ Bloodstock News.

Redzel is a three-quarter-brother to resident Westbury stallion El Roca whose first progeny are now yearlings and will be looking to hit the tracks very soon.

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