Big cuddles for Redzel after stunning win
WHAT do you give a champion racehorse which has won more than $15 million in prizemoney? Well, a big cuddle's a nice start.
Redzel returned to his stables yesterday after completing stunning back-to-back victories in The Everest, the world's richest race on turf, on Saturday.
And he was just happy to settle for a cuddle from strapper Christine Duffy, after the six-year-old sprint sensation picked up $6.5 million in winnings for a little over 70 seconds work at Royal Randwick, in front of a blockbuster crowd of 40,568.
The success of The Everest prompted veteran sports broadcaster Bruce McAvaney to declare the race the biggest game-changer in Australian sport since World Series Cricket more than 40 years ago.
"The Everest has changed the Australian sporting landscape like nothing I've seen before,'' McAvaney said.
"This race is remarkable, it is unique, it is different, it is exciting. There is nothing like it.''
Despite the inclement weather and very heavy Randwick track conditions, betting turnover is again expected to smash records with early TAB estimates showing wagering was up nine per cent on last year's Everest meeting. As for Redzel, he's set to chase more riches by raiding Melbourne's spring carnival.
"(An Everest three-peat) is possible but I don't dare to think that far ahead," trainer Peter Snowden said yesterday.