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Redzel set to be spelled

Redzel's (Snitzel) Brisbane winter campaign is over, with co-trainer Peter Snowden suspecting a hamstring injury might be behind his below-par performance when second in Saturday's G2 Victory S. at Eagle Farm.

Snowden confirmed to Sky Sports Radio on Sunday that the dual The Everest champ was headed back to Sydney for a spell and would be given a series of vet checks to determine if there is anything wrong.

"He will come straight back to Sydney," Snowden said. "It was disappointing and it clearly showed there is something not quite right with him."

"We will go over him top to bottom. He won't run again this preparation."


Stradbroke on Iconoclasm's radar

Trainer Danny O'Brien's recent stable acquisition Iconoclasm (Toorak Toff) is headed to the G1 Stradbroke Hcp in June after his hard-fought first up win at Caulfield on Saturday.

Iconoclasm contested a trio of Group 1 races at the end of his last campaign with Darren Weir and after winning the VOBIS Gold Sprint first-up for O'Brien on Saturday, is destined for the elite level once more via two lead-up races in Brisbane.

"Danny's got a couple of more runs planned for him," stable representative Ben Gleeson said.

"He may go two-week breaks between runs and that leaves us six weeks to the Stradbroke."

Bronte to back up

A stunning win from Bronte Beach (NZ) (Reliable Man {GB}) at Hastings on Saturday has given trainer Stephen Marsh the confidence to back her up in stakes company next week.

Bronte Beach charged home to a 3.5l win after overcoming severe interference early in the straight and Marsh is keen to test her out in the Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre 2YO S. at Te Rapa next Saturday.

"What a phenomenal run that was,” Marsh said. “You don’t often see a horse pick themselves up like that after copping such a buffeting and she then had the cheek to just burst away from them in the last 100m."

“Most horses would have turned it up after something like that, but she was quite remarkable really.”

Marsh is looking for a fifth consecutive success in the Te Rapa race.

Embattled another winner for Kendrick

Stuart Kendrick marked another 2-year-old success, with Embattled (Time For War) winning a QTIS Maiden at the Sunshine Coast by 5.25 lengths.

Kendrick captured stakes success with Jagged Edge (Better Than Ready) at Eagle Farm on Saturday and was rewarded for his faith in another first-season sire, the ill-fated Time For War, with Embattled breaking his maiden at start number five.

He becomes the third winner for Time For War, who served two seasons at Kitchwin Hills before his untimely death in December 2016.

Time For War

Embattled was a $35,000 Inglis Classic Sale buy for Kendrick, out of Kianben (Jan Murray {US}), the sister to stakes winner Nan Tien.

Kendrick won the first three races on the Sunshine Coast card.

Pike's six ready for Brisbane

Tony Pike will send a six-strong team to Brisbane this week, looking to continue his successful recent record in the Queensland Winter Carnival.

The Cambridge-based trainer will send The Bostonian (Jimmy Choux {NZ}), Ever Loyal (Sebring), Indecision (NZ) (Per Incanto {USA}), Intrigue (NZ) (Showcasing {GB}), Terra Sancta (NZ) (Pierro) and Endless Drama (Ire) (Lope De Vega {Ire}) to Brisbane on Friday.

The Bostonian

“We’ve got a good team heading over this year although it does seem a little strange most of them are sprinters, which is unusual as the kiwi sprinters don’t often compete in Australia,” he said.

“In saying that, all have been working well and I think they are up to the competition they will face over there."

“(The) Bostonian, Ever Loyal and Endless Drama all have the Stradbroke Handicap as their main assignment and will take similar paths to get there."

Eastender lugs 65kg to victory

Tassie's triple Cup winner Eastender (Tickets) prepared for his shot at the Listed Andrew Ramsden S. by carrying 65kgs to victory in a 1880m Open Hcp at Devonport.

Eastender was having his first start since winning the G3 Launceston Cup in late February having been a controversial late scratching from the G2 Adelaide Cup in March.

The Barry Campbell trained and Star Thoroughbreds owned 5-year-old spotted his rivals six lengths on the home turn, but charged late under Craig Newitt to nab Settler's Stone (Savoire Vivre {GB}) right on the post despite conceding his rival 11kg.

It is his fifth straight win and keeps him on track for the Flemington staying contest in a month's time, a race which boasts a ballot free entry to the G1 Melbourne Cup.

Four winners for Lane at Tokyo

Damian Lane has made a considerable impression on his second day riding in Japan with four winners at Tokyo on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Australian is on a two-month contract in Japan and got his first winner on board Gullfaxi (Jpn) (Harbinger {Jpn}), before following up with wins on Brave Major (Jpn) (Daiwa Major {Jpn}), Robona (Jpn) (Rulership {Jpn}) and Est Superior (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}).

Meanwhile at Kyoto, Christophe Lemaire claimed his first victory in the G1 Tenno Sho (Spring) prevailing on the favourite Fierement (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) after a stirring battle with Glory Vase {Jpn}) (Deep Impact {Jpn}).