“The decision shows the appreciation and love Redzel’s owners have for the horse and what he has done. He is the sort of horse you dream of as a syndicator. Personally, I don’t think you could have got a better horse.
“We dreamed of winning a group 1 race with him when we bought him – he won two of those – but what he has done is beyond anyone’s dreams.
“Obviously the pinnacle of his remarkable career was winning the first two editions of the Everest against the world’s best sprinters.”
There had been plans for Redzel to farewell racing in the Doomben 10,000, which was the first of two group 1 successes, but with the Brisbane carnival called off due to coronavirus that was not possible.
Redzel only sits below Winx on the all-time prizemoney list for Australian horses, mainly due to his two Everest wins. For his first Everest win he ran in the slot of James Harron before winning it in Yulong Investments’ slot in 2018, both victories setting off wild celebration from his huge ownership group.
He also won a Doomben 10,000 and the Darley Classic during a remarkable run of six straight wins in 2017, which earned him the sprinter of the year title.
“It is great that he is going on an outstanding performance in the TJ Smith and going on a high,” co-trainer Paul Snowden said.
“He is a horse that gave us two of the greatest days you could have on a racecourse and was very tough and durable to go with a lot of ability.
“This is the right way for him to go out, because we didn’t want to see him go one run too many, which he didn’t.”
Redzel won 15 of his 39 starts with his group 1 record being two wins, four seconds and a third from 12 attempts.
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald