US Navy Flag was well beaten as Redzel made every yard of the running to win the TAB Everest for the second successive year at Randwick.
Having won the inaugural running of the race 12 months ago, his season had not gone entirely to plan this year with a recent setback.
However, drawn in stall one, Kerrin McEvoy pinged the gate and never saw another rival, with Trapeze Artist coming from out of the pack to get second in the richest race in the world on turf.
For Aidan O'Brien's US Navy Flag heavy rain through the week had dampened expectations and when the July Cup winner missed the break from stall three connections knew their fate early.
In fairness, Ryan Moore managed to get him into a challenging position on the home turn but his early exertions in heavy ground took their toll and he faded back through the pack to finish ninth of the 12 runners behind the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained winner.
Moore said of US Navy Flag: "He didn't enjoy the ground."