Dual Everest winner Redzel has sparkled in a barrier trial at Canterbury ahead of his return in the Group Two Challenge Stakes.
With his trademark red blinkers back on, the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Redzel led all the way in Monday’s heat to beat Viridine by four lengths in 54.63 seconds.
In the other open trial over the distance, the Bjorn Baker-trained Group One winner Music Magnate beat Kementari by a long neck in 54.75s.
Kerrin McEvoy rode Redzel and was also aboard Magic Millions Classic winner Exhilarates who finished second over 893m in a heat won by the Baker-trained unraced filly Let It Pour.
Magic Millions runner-up, the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Dubious, won his trial with Yes Yes Yes second.
Formerly trained by Darren Weir, Yes Yes Yes is now with Chris Waller.