Redzel, the $120,000 Gold Coast Yearling Sale buy for Triple Crown Syndications, broke the 1000 metre Randwick track record when he cruised to victory in the Group Two Challenge Stakes.
Narrowly beaten first up by subsequent Newmarket Handicap winner Redkirk Warrior in the Lightning Stakes, Redzel bounced back to his best with a soft win and sent his earnings soaring past $8.2 million.
The inaugural The Everest winner last spring is by fellow Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase Snitzel and was sold at the 2014 Gold Coast sale by Marquee Stud. The outstanding sprinter was also a graduate of the National Weanling Sale.
Co-trainers Peter and Paul Snowden said Redzel would stay in Sydney and be set for the $2.5 million TJ Smith Stakes before connections again eye The Everest in the spring.
Exciting youngster Not a Single Cent will head to Sydney for Group One two-year-old races after he scored an impressive win in the Group Two VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Flemington today.
At his second lifetime start the son of star Arrowfield Stud sire Not a Single Doubt proved too good and booked a trip north for the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes.
Not a Single Cent, a $280,000 Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase last year for Ciaron Maher Racing from Willow Park Stud, is a half brother to Happy Clapper, winner of today’s Group One Canterbury Stakes in Sydney.
Currently trained by Aaron Purcell, Not a Single Cent will return to Maher when he resumes training and connections are thinking he will develop into a quality performer up to 2000 metres or even further.
Sugar Bella turned in one of the performances of the day when she flew home to win the Group Three Wenona Girl Handicap at Randwick.
Prepared by Kris Lees, Sugar Bella was sent out the favourite after three straight wins and she notched another when she produced a whirlwind finish to score.
A daughter of Not a Single Doubt, Sugar Bella was bred by Corumbene Stud and sold to Fesen Pty Ltd at the 2015 Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $135,000.
From just seven starts, of which the four-year-old mare has won six, Sugar Bella has already won connections almost $250,000. Her future looks extremely exciting.
Spanish Reef scored a deserved stakes race breakthrough with a strong on speed victory in the Group Three Schweppervescence Trophy at Flemington.
A $12,500 Patinack Farm Complete Dispersal Sale buy for her trainer Ken Keys, Spanish Reef was sent out the warm favourite and she delivered for punters and her connections under Craig Williams.
The Lope de Vega mare has now earned almost $300,000 after just 12 starts and Keys has future options in Melbourne and Sydney for the four-year-old.
Spanish Reef holds an entry for the Group One Coolmore Legacy Stakes and others races like the Sunline Stakes in Melbourne and Epona Stakes in Sydney are possibilities.
Also on the Flemington card the quality Mick Price trained mare She’s So High couldn’t have been more impressive in winning the listed Incognitus Stakes.
Behind the leaders for much of the race, the daughter of I Am Invincible was able to find a split under Damien Oliver before bursting to the front and scoring an auspicious victory.
A Kambula Stud bred and sold National Weanling Sale graduate, She’s So High was later purchased by Blueblood Thoroughbreds from Amarina Farm for $120,000 at the 2016 Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
She’s So High will almost certainly now head to Sydney with Price looking to group races for fillies and mares.
Later in the day in the west the classy sprinter Battle Hero won a third stakes race for his new connections when he led throughout in the Cyril Flower Handicap at Ascot.
Prepared by Chris Gangemi and with regular rider Jarrad Noske in the saddle Battle Hero never let his supporters worry as he raced home for the easiest of wins.
The son of Golden Slipper winner Stratum was bred and formerly raced by Bob and Sandra Peters before being purchased by Black Type Bloodstock at the 2017 Perth Winter Thoroughbred Sale for $60,000.
Unless he heads east, Battle Hero will be freshened with races like the Northam Stakes, Roma Cup and Belmont Sprint likely targets.