As suspected, post the running of the last Saturday’s Premier Stakes, the final two slots for the first running of the Everest have been finalised.
Coolmore has kept their slot in-house and chosen 3YO filly Tulip. Tulip was the seemingly unlikely choice between Coolmore’s two 3YO fillies. With Formality notching up two wins in her first 3YO preparation, whilst Tulip has failed to win in her two runs back.
Tulip has been installed as the equal $61 outsider of the final field, giving the Hayes, Hayes, Dabernig team 3 runners in the race.
Following a third placing in the Premier stakes, Group 1 winner Clearly Innocent has received Damion Flower’s Everest slot. He has since been installed as a $13 chance for the $10 million race.
Greg Ingham: Chautauqua ($6)
Yu Long Investments: She Will Reign ($4.80)
Aquis Farm: Houtzen ($31)
Tapcorp: English ($10)
William Inglis and Son: Fell Swoop ($61)
James Harron: Redzel ($7)
The ATC: Brave Smash ($31)
The Star entertainment group: Redkirk Warrior ($7.50)
Max Whitby: Vega Magic ($5.50)
Chris Waller Racing: Deploy ($10)
Coolmore Australia: Tulip ($61)
Damion Flower: Clearly Innocent ($13)
It certainly looks like a mouth-watering contest over the Randwick 1200m for any racing fan or punter. But is it the best possible field of sprinters going around at the moment? I don’t think so.
How In Her Time has missed a slot after winning a 1200m race at Randwick against 4 runners who line up in the Everest is a head scratcher. She was tragically unlucky not to have bagged a G1 Stradbroke last preparation and has won first-up with bar plates on. She’s open to improve lengths on that first up effort on the back a stellar trial. Good luck beating her second-up.
Russian Revolution is surely a superior 1200m horse to the likes of Brave Samsh, Fell Swoop, Tulip and Houtzen surely couldn’t turn the tables on the back of their McEwen match-up. However, one would wonder if he would line up given the Everest is not a G1 (for his stallion prospects) and given he’s been tipped out and will miss the Mantikato and Darley Stakes.
Despite the flop in the Golden Rose, there would still be a strong argument to say Menari is the best 1200m 3YO in the land. If the insane speed of the 1400m contest hadn’t taken it out of the son of Snitzel, surely, he rates ahead of some of those in the field.
But where would In Her Time, Russian Revolution or Menari fit in?
The ATC have confirmed their desperation for international flavour siding with Brave Smash and booking international jockey Jamie Spencer to ride. Having since been beaten as an odds-on chance at Moonee Valley in a Listed Race, surely Brave Smash is looking for further now – even with blinkers going on.
The slots of Aquis Farm, Inglis and Coolmore have all been kept in-house, seemingly despite recent form. This poses the question of whether the breeders will be willing to look outside their own stock. Here’s to hoping they take a leaf out of Chris Waller’s book and look for the best available gallopers in the next two years of their slot-ownership.