DATE: October 14th 2017 (Sydney Spring Racing Carnival)
LOCATION: Royal Randwick
RACE TYPE: Weight for Age
STATUS: Invitational – Richest Turf Race in Australia
2016 WINNER: N/A
RACE RECORD: N/A
Total stakes: $10 million
Equine welfare fund: $100,000
The $10million The Everest is set for its inaugural running at Randwick and it will become the richest race run on turf in the world.
It was the brainchild of Racing New South Wales chief executive Peter V’landy’s, who wanted to provide Sydney with a major showpiece during the spring carnival.
The first running of The Everest will be on October 14 at Randwick and will clash with the Melbourne Racing Club’s three-year-old showpiece – the $1 million Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
The Caulfield Guineas is one of the showpieces of the MRC three-day carnival and is highly regarded as the race which produces future leading stallions at stud.
Traditionally the spring has been the domain of the Victorian racing clubs (and Sydney has the autumn), but V’Landy’s broke a long-standing verbal agreement between the two state’s racing bodies not to clash when he announced a revamped Sydney spring carnival and the first running of The Everest in July.
V’landy’s based his idea on the Pegasus World Cup, which was run for the first time at Florida’s Gulfstream Park in January.
A final field of 12 of the best sprinters in the land has been confirmed for The Everest, with owners paying a nomination fee of $600,000 to have their horses entered into the race for three years.
The shareholder has the right to race, lease, contract or a share a starter, or sell their nomination.
The Everest is run under weight-for-age conditions over the sprinting distance of 1200m.
It is held on the now final day of the Sydney spring carnival, which runs from September 9 to October 14 and boasts a staggering $22.5 million in prize money.
The Everest meeting boasts prize money of $12million, making it the richest single day of racing in Australia.
The Everest is fully funded by the subscribers-investors and additional revenues generated from the event.
To maximize the race’s potential, the date of October 14 was selected as it is after the National Rugby Leagues’ Grand Final, which was won by the Melbourne Storm on Sunday October 1.
It has surpassed the $10million Magic Millions Day, run to coincide with the MM Gold Coast yearling sale in early January, on the Gold Coast.
1. She Will Reign (Yu Long Investments)
2. Chautaugua (GPI Racing)
3. Vega Magic (Max Whitby and Neil Werret)
4. Redzel (James Harron Bloodstock)
5. Redkirk Warrior (The Star Entertainment Group)
6. English (TAB)
7. Clearly Innocent (Damien Flower)
8. Deploy (Chris Waller Racing)
9. Brave Smash (Australian Turf Club)
10. Houtzen (Aquis Farm)
11. Fell Swoop (Inglis)
12. Tulip (Coolmore)