Kerrin McEvoy rides Redzel to victory in the Darley Classic (Image: Racing Photos)

Redzel wins the Darley Classic at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)

Redzel readies for Black Caviar Lightning raid

Redzel wrested the title of Australia's premier sprinter during an all-conquering spring and in an ominous warning his rivals, co-trainer Peter Snowden believes The Everest winner can go to a new level this campaign.

The five-year-old blitzed a stellar field of Group 1 winners, including wonder mare Winx, in a 1000m trial at Rosehill on Monday morning.

Snowden confirmed the son of Snitzel would return to racing in the G1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) at Flemington on February 17, for which he is $2.20 favourite.

"His first trial (seventh over 900m on January 22) was a soft trial two weeks ago and this morning we just needed a bit of a pipe-opener," Snowden said.

"What I saw this morning was really good.

"He'll do all his fast work up here, he'll probably work fast once more (before the Lightning).

“He'll probably only head down (to Melbourne) about four days before (the race), he's been there quite a few times now.

"He’s only got to hold his form from last preparation but to my eye he's a touch better, maybe that's positive thinking."