Redzel wins the 2017 Doomben 10000
Saturday, 13 May 2017:
Leading all the way for Jim Byrne, the Peter and Paul Snowden four year old looked vulnerable at the 200m but held off Counterattack in a repeat of their previous when they finished 1-2 in the Hall Mark Stakes at Randwick.
Redzel ($9) went straight to the lead and ran the field off their feet to score by a half length to Counterattack ($10) with a neck to Derryn ($9) in third.
The favourite Russian Revolution ($3.20), a stablemate to Redzel, had every chance before finishing fourth.
It is the third time Peter Snowden has won the 10,000 as he took it with Beaded (2011) and Epaulette (2013), but it was the first time he had shared a Doomben 10,000 win with his son Paul.
"We didn't think there was much between Redzel and Russian Revolution after they quinellaed the Group One Galaxy in the autumn," Snowden said.
"They had both trialled well and they had both done well here."
Snowden said Redzel would now head for a spell and get ready for the spring carnival.
"He has done a good job and he has got his deserved Group One. He can have a rest."
Snowden also paid tribute to Byrne's attention to detail.
"He got Redzel out and made them run his race. We went through the details about 27,000 times in the lead-up to the race," Snowden said.
It was the third G1 win this season for the Snowdens who have a big team in Brisbane for the winter.
Byrne scored his first win in the Doomben 10,000 and his first Group One win since Riva San claimed the 2008 Queensland Derby.
His previous best effort in the 10,000 was a second on Adam in 1999.
Byrne said Redzel had travelled well in front and kicked strongly in the straight.
"It is obviously a great thrill to win a Group One race for the Snowdens and their owners the Triple Crown syndicate," he said.
Chris Waller said Counterattack had done well to chase the winner who he rated a good horse.
"But our bloke was still strong through the line and an extra 100 metres in the Kingsford Smith Cup will suit him," Waller said.
Regan Bayliss, who rode Derryn, said the colt was an ideal Stradbroke horse.
Kerrin McEvoy said Russian Revolution wasn't happy in the wet conditions