This weekend we are likely to know the final field for the TAB Everest on October 13.
Slot holders Max Whitby and Neil Werrett have been playing a patient game in determining which runner will represent them in the world’s richest race on turf. Some say they have been waiting for Chautauqua to jump out of the barriers cleanly, as he did last week. Others say they were waiting for the result of the Golden Rose to make a decision and there is one strong theory out there that the pair will make an announcement after Friday night’s Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Throwing even more intrigue into the race last Saturday was Jungle Cat.
The Charlie Appleby-trained runner was first-up in the Group One Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and saluted at double figure odds for the powerful Godolphin stable.
Jungle Cat has a big sprint win on the board already having captured the Group One Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai where he beat Australian gallopers Illustrious Lad, Faatinah and Music Magnate.
Bookies reacted immediately to the performance of Jungle Cat by slashing his price to win the Everest from as much as $51 into $17.
He definitely has the score on the board and would be worthy of a slot in the feature sprint but all eyes are now on Werrett and Whitby to see which they go – Jungle Cat, Chautauqua or another horse completely?