Last meeting in the G1 TJ Smith (1200m) at The Championships, two lengths separated the pair, as they filled the minor placing’s behind dominant winner, Trapeze Artist.
It was Redzel who took the points on that occasion beating In Her Time home, but a solid case can be made that the Ben Smith trained mare should have finished much closer.
To the surprise of many, In Her Time settled at the tail of field, blocked for runs for much of the straight before flashing along the fence to grab third.
The form out of the race has stood up since, with winner Trapeze Artist and fourth place-getter Le Romain, subsequently fighting out the finish in the G1 All Aged Stakes.
It certainly looks the right form for this one, but which horse will come out on top this weekend? Although a few differing factors will be in play this Saturday, we’re predicting the result to remain the same.
Wet Dampens Mares Chances
With the Doomben track currently rated a Heavy 8, it certainly brings the advantage to Redzel.
Team Snowden’s star sprinter has shown a particular likening for the mud, his heavy track record sitting at a solid two wins and three minor placing’s from six starts.
In Her Time on the other hand, is yet to see a heavy track in her career, leaving a cloud of uncertainty lingering on how she may handle the cut in the ground.
She may be left with her wheels spinning while Redzel is burning along on top of the speed, and the conditions certainly look to favour the reigning Everest champ.
Snowdens With Scores On The Board
While they most recently clashed in this year’s TJ Smith Stakes, it’s not the first time Redzel has beaten In Her Time home.
In last year’s Doomben 10,000 (again run on a rain affected track), Redzel won his maiden Group 1, with In Her Time finishing a further three lengths astern in fifth.
He now holds a 2-0 advantage over the mare in the two times they’ve clashed under the weight-for-age conditions of Saturday’s race, and that has to count for something with so little between the pair.
It promises to be a ding-dong battle between these two star sprinters, but with a couple of key factors in Redzel’s corner, we have to go with him to bounce back to his winning ways.