Cashed-up Kerrin aims for Redzel repeat
REDZEL, the dual Everest champion, can provide superstar jockey Kerrin McEvoy with another Melbourne major in the Group 1 $1 million VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday.
McEvoy, who won his third Melbourne Cup on Godolphin stayer Cross Counter, is reunited with Sydney's super sprinter in an attempt to repeat their Everest-VRC Sprint double from 12 months ago.
A final field of 14 was declared for the feature sprint with Redzel the early co-favourite at $5 with Pierata.
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Redzel hasn't raced since winning his second Everest from Trapeze Artist and Osborne Bulls a month ago, which lifted the sprinter's career earnings to an incredible $15.3 million, second only to the great Winx on $22.3 million.
McEvoy did return to ride Redzel in a barrier trial at Rosehill on October 30 when the gelding cruised home a comfortable winner in slick time.
"Redzel felt great in the trial, he certainly hasn't gone backwards since The Everest,'' McEvoy said.
"He's in the zone at the moment and he does enjoy racing down the Flemington straight.''
McEvoy has links with the Godolphin stable again when he rides the James Cummings-trained It's Somewhat in the Group 1 $2 million Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on Saturday.
The champion jockey, who was still on cloud nine a day after his Melbourne Cup win on Cross Counter, goes back to work on Thursday where his mounts include Scamper in the Group 1 $1 million Victoria Oaks (2500m)
McEvoy had a series of media commitments and interviews that kept him busy on Wednesday but he still had time to reflect on his Cross Counter's historic Cup victory, the first for owner Sheikh Mohammed and his Godolphin stables, and the first by an English-trained stayer.
"It was a remarkable achievement by Cross Counter because he was having only his eighth start,'' McEvoy said.
"He rode like a really seasoned horse so who's to know where he will end up. There are plenty of good staying options both here and back in Europe for this horse.''
McEvoy also confirmed he will have a make good on his promise to buy his family a new house if he won the Melbourne Cup on Cross Counter.
"The question was raised by Lauren Wood from The Herald Sun: 'What will you do if you win the Cup?" McEvoy said.
"We've been looking around for a bigger house in Sydney where we are based and for some reason I said 'I will buy my wife (Cathy) a new house'.
"It was just a throwaway line to get onto the next question but now it looks like it is going to come to fruition - I can hear the real estate agents snapping at my heels already.''