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The Everest 2020: Your guide to our richest race

It’s here! There are few bigger Spring Racing Carnival events than Sydney’s flagship race, The Everest. Let’s check out the contenders and the details regarding The Everest 2020 (updated October 16th).

The Everest 2020: Video preview

Champion Bets pro punter Mark Rhoden has recorded a full video preview of The Everest. Watch it here, or check it out on the Champion Bets YouTube channel – and don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel so you’re notified of all our new videos.

Video times

00:35 Track and conditions
01:05 Speed map
02:50 Nature Strip
05:10 Trekking
05:40 Classique Legend
06:45 Santa Ana Lane
07:15 Behemoth
08:15 Bivouac
09:30 Gytrash
10:50 Eduardo
11:10 Dollar For Dollar
11:30 Tofane
12:10 Libertini
13:20 Haut Brion Her
13:45 Wrap up & betting thoughts

The Everest 2020: The Contenders

Odds displayed are from Australia’s favourite bookmaker, TopSport (odds updated 16th October).

Classique Legend: currently $4.80 with TopSport (Slot: Bon Ho)

Bon Ho was understandably keen to run his own horse in his slot for The Everest 2020. Impressive win in the Listed Bob Charley AO Stakes at Randwick in June, before returning with a win in the Group 2 Shorts at Randwick, which saw him shorten significantly for The Everest. Ran second behind Libertini in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes.


Nature Strip: currently $5 with TopSport (Slot: TAB)

Brilliant Group 1 wins in last year’s VRC Sprint Classic and the autumn’s TJ Smith Stakes had Nature Strip stamped as Australia’s best sprinter and early favourite to win The Everest 2020. Unfortunately things are yet to go to plan this prep, as he’s had two starts as hot favourite and failed in both. At his best, he’ll beat anything… but what will he produce come the big race?


Gytrash: currently $6.50 with TopSport (Slot: Inglis)

The upset winner of the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning, South Australian Gytrash will run in the Inglis slot in The Everest 2020. Returned in the Group 3 Concorde at Randwick with a barnstorming run to upset Nature Strip.


Libertini: currently $8.50 with TopSport (Slot: James Harron Bloodstock)

The big mover in markets after a stunning win in the Premiere Stakes, the mare was snapped up by James Harron to run in his Everest slot.


Behemoth: currently $9.50 with TopSport (Slot: The Star)

Purchased for just $6,000 and trained in South Australia by David Jolly, the big gelding has been a revelation this spring. Secured a slot after two straight Group 1 wins in the Memsie Stakes and the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.


Trekking: currently $11 with TopSport (Slot: Max Whitby)

Godolphin gelding coming off a hectic calendar year, where the highlight has been the Group 1 Goodwood win in Adelaide. Returned with second place in the G1 Moir at The Valley. Godolphin will run Bivouac in their own slot, while Trekking has been confirmed for Max Whitby’s slot.


Bivouac: currently $12 with TopSport (Slot: Godolphin)

Godolphin star who will fill their slot in The Everest 2020. Two-time Group 1 winner, including the Newmarket Handicap in March. Finished third in The Shorts behind Classique Legend.


Tofane: currently $21 with TopSport (Slot: Yulong Investments)

A Group 1 winner after capturing the All Aged Stakes over 1400 metres at Randwick in April. Will run in the Yulong Investments slot. Has had lead-up runs in Melbourne in the Bobbie Lewis Quality and the Gilgai Stakes.


Eduardo: currently $26 with TopSport (Slot: miEverest)

Joseph Pride’s gelding secured a start with miEverest thanks to some great form so far this spring, winning the Group 2 Missile Stakes and finishing second in The Shorts.


Haut Brion Her: currently $31 with TopSport (Slot: Three Bridges)

Chris Waller mare which won won the Group 2 Blazer Stakes in Melbourne last spring, then had nearly a year off before returning with a win in the Group 2 Sheraco Stakes.


Santa Ana Lane: currently $21 with TopSport (Slot: Coolmore)

Ready for his third crack at The Everest and locked into the Coolmore slot. Eight years old now, but ran second in last year’s Everest – and this year’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes. Returned for the Spring in the Gilgai Stakes at Flemington.


Dollar For Dollar: currently $67 with TopSport (Slot: Aquis)

A late entry into the race, Tony McEvoy’s eight-year-old gelding has had a solid campaign, running close seconds in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and the Group 2 Gilgai.


Emergencies

Deprive: currently $101 with TopSport
Standout: currently $201 with TopSport
Special Reward: currently $201 with TopSport
Tactical Advantage: currently $301 with TopSport
Mark Haywood

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