Redzel winning The Everest (Image: Bradley Photos)

Redzel to reap respect

Peter Snowden believes his super sprinter Redzel will finally be granted the accolades he deserves if he can continue his winning sequence in Saturday's Group 1 Darley Classic at Flemington.

Redzel has won his past five races - including last month's $10 million The Everest at Randwick - but Snowden said on Friday that despite his sprinter's clear dominance since his Doomben 10,000 win in Queensland in May, he feels there is a lack of proper respect for his horse.

"He's underrated and even now they are questioning his form," Redzel's co-trainer said. "It is the best there is. Three track records at his first three runs. His form has just been win, win, win.

"It was no fluke what he did in The Everest. He beat them fair and square. He does all the hard work out in front. He's a fast-running sprinter."

Snowden said that the straight 1200-metre course will present new challenges for the horse but he said he had complete confidence Redzel will cope.

"Straight racing is completely different to racing around the corner but he still has that style - he jumps, he leads, he relaxes and he finds when he's under pressure," Snowden said.

"He's a very consistent horse and he's a horse that races on all surfaces and carries weight so there's plenty going his way this Saturday."

Snowden explained that Redzel has hardly gone beyond even time in his work following his Everest success.

"The horse really thrives on light work," he said. "He's had a few jumpouts here but it's a lot of beach work, steady work and he seems to thrive on that preparation."

The straight course has so far proven a tough one for Chautauqua to conquer at Group 1 level but his co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said he expected the triple T.J. Smith winner can right that anomaly in his form.

"His work has been great," Hawkes said on Friday. "He's not on fire but he's the next best thing I reckon.

"They don't work any better than what he did on Wednesday morning. He is in career-best form but it's an amazing game. He hasn't won a race this prep which is amazing.

"The way he races, you are starting behind the eight-ball before you start. If he could jump and race on the pace like Black Caviar, it would make it too boring then."

Chautauqua missed a run in the Manikato when he was controversially scratched at the barriers but Hawkes said the Darley loomed as the perfect race to remind connections and punters alike just how good the horse is.

"I've never seen a crowd boo when a horse is withdrawn from the barriers so I am going to make sure I am out in the front (of Flemington) because if he happens to be lucky enough to win, I reckon they'll rip the grandstand down," he said.

Hawkes agreed that 'the grey flash' is not your everyday racehorse.

"He is difficult. He would have been bought at the 'Not Quite Right shop'. He's not a normal horse.

"I am not sure what he'd be doing if he was a human. He's very different but that's what gives Chautauqua that X-factor."