Evergreen Everest star Redzel still up to the Challenge

Peter and Paul Snowden don’t want to have “that sick feeling” with evergreen dual Everest winner Redzel again.

They are determined not to go one run too many with their champion, but he is showing no signs of being ready to finish just yet.

Redzel will head into his fourth Challenge Stakes at Randwick on Saturday with one win in the group 2 and two near misses by noses to Ball Of Muscle last year and English in 2017.

Redzel remains at the top of the sprinting ranks in Australia.Credit:AAP

But every piece of work, every move or mood swing in the stable is monitored these days with the seven-year-old.

“He has been on notice since the Doomben 10,000 last year . . . probably before that, to be fair,” Paul Snowden said. “He has been such a great horse to us, so we want him to go out on top.

“That day there was a feeling I never want to have again. I was just sick in the guts because of how bad he went in 10,000. We don’t want his last run to remembered like that.

“We got him home and there were reasons, a few niggles, and when he came back for the Everest it wasn’t run by run, it was day by day.

“The old boy loves being in the stable and racing. But as soon as he shows the sign that he has had enough, that will be it.

“We have been ready to pull the plug on racing him since his second Everest win.”

In a short spring preparation, Redzel returned to the winner’s circle in the Concorde Stakes, which was his second win in that race and fourth over the Randwick 1000m he faces on Saturday.

He remains in the top echelon of Australian sprinters, even in his advancing years. And Redzel still has the fire in his legs, particularly at 1000m. His record is five wins and fives seconds in 10 runs over the short trip.

He was runner-up for a second-time in the Lightning Stakes to start this preparation before returning to Sydney to his box on the hill at Randwick.

“He is exactly the same as he was two years ago. We look after him, but you wouldn’t know the difference from his work from a couple of years ago,” Snowden said. “He is just an amazing horse.

“There are no secrets with him. Everyone knows what he will be doing on Saturday, and everyone knows if they beat him they are probably the winner.

“He has a good gate and the soft track he loves. I think if he can get the fence he will be very hard to beat.”

While the veteran continues to fly the flag, the Snowden’s will use the Fireball Quality for their next generation of sprinters on the way to a group 1 assignment in The Galaxy on Golden Slipper day.

California Zimbol is the favourite at $4.40 in a competitive three-year-old contest where Cosmic Force, which returns to racing after a tie back operation, is a $6.50 chance and smart filly Anaheed is $9.

“I think the market has it right about their chances. California Zimbol probably needs to win to get in the Galaxy and we think she is up to that level," Snowden said.

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