It’s only a few years old, but there are few bigger events than Sydney’s flagship race, The Everest. Here’s all the contenders for the The Everest this year, including comments on the key runners from pro punter Cameron O’Brien.
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The Everest 2021: The top contenders
Odds displayed are from Australia’s favourite bookmaker, TopSport.
Nature Strip: $3:80 with TopSport (Slot: Chris Waller)
Rolled by Eduardo in The Shorts but didn’t lose many admirers with a tough run to finish second. That came after a smooth run in the Concorde where he jumped at $1.50 and more or less won like it.
Cameron says: He is a seven-year-old now and I don’t think he is any longer able to go to the rare air of the 124 he did down the straight in the Darley Sprint in the Spring of 2019. However, he is still a solid 119/120 horse at his top, and he did 119 first-up this prep in the Concorde Stakes. Further to that he usually gets to his top around his third run into a prep. However, he did have his chance second-up in the Shorts, and this time he maps outside Eduardo, rather than inside. Still, a very classy horse who is hard to beat if he finds his 119 / 120.
He’s back in town!
An easy watch for Nature Strip fans… pic.twitter.com/cPIGubaH7B
— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) September 4, 2021
Eduardo: $5.50 with TopSport (Slot: The Star / Arrowfield)
Won the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 in May and returned with a couple of solid trials before turning Nature Strip over in The Shorts. Had a barrier trial last week.
Cameron says: Ultra-genuine, evergreen galloper who is thriving for Joe Pride. Very tough win first-up when he raced outside Nature Strip and wore him down late. That being said, it rated two lengths off his top in the autumn of this year, and Gytrash was arguably something beat in third. Can cross to the lead and he’s so tough that he’ll no doubt be right there close to the end.
Eduardo rolls Nature Strip in the Shorts!
Thoughts on the result? pic.twitter.com/nW7rXHVt9d
— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) September 18, 2021
Classique Legend: $5.50 with TopSport (Slot: Bon Ho)
The reigning champ is back in owner Bon Ho’s slot. Was sent to Hong Kong after last year’s triumph, but failed to acclimatise and returned to Australia after just one run. Has impressed in trials, but no race since that one Hong Kong run in December, and The 2020 Everest before that.
Cameron says: Last year’s ultra-impressive winner, going 120. He then failed in Hong Kong, but came back to Australia and has trialled up really well twice – the most recent one completely untouched to win just last week. He’ll be off pace but drawn away from the rail a little can give McEvoy options, big race rider who loves a big pay cheque, I think he’ll find a way to give CL his chance to run on, and if he’s back at his 120 form of last year (and on the trials he looks like he is) then he’s going to be very hard to beat again.
— SKY Racing (@SkyRacingAU) October 7, 2021
Gytrash: $6 with TopSport (Slot: Inglis)
Returned in The Shorts after a couple of trials and was the hard luck story, being blocked for a run behind the first two. Looked to have plenty to give.
Cameron says: Arguably should have won the Shorts last start when he was closing but the gap closed on him. He looks like he’s back well this prep and loves this track, the trip and the wet. Should get up to or close to his top of 118. He just has a little issue from gate 1 with the potential of it being the worst ground, however if he gets away from that he can make his presence felt.
— Inglis (@inglis_sales) October 12, 2021
Masked Crusader: $10 with TopSport (Slot: Max Whitby & Neil Werrett)
Shot up in The Everest market after a stunning late charge to win The Group 3 Heath at Caulfield. Had a tough run in The Shorts, hampered early and then being slow to recover, before getting home well. Then a very impressive win in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes.
Cameron says: Racing really well. He closed it out strongly in the Premiere and is better suited here yet. He’ll go back and hook out but that should be okay, and likely the better going will be out wide, especially at this time of the day. He needs a new peak to be able to get near some of the more fancied ones, so I am a bit longer than the market, but he could surprise me. He is in super form.
Masked Crusader from last, gets the gap and gets up to win the Group 2 Premiere Stakes!
— SKY Racing (@SkyRacingAU) October 2, 2021
Home Affairs: $12 with TopSport (Slot: Coolmore)
Three-year-old Waller colt with an impressive win over Paulele in the Listed Heritage Stakes at Rosehill.
Cameron says: Interesting runner! Flew first up in the Heritage Stakes, however that was on a dry track, and he had the lead there. I don’t think he can lead on this map, and this will be a gruelling 1200m test for him on a wet track. Those are his queries, but he certainly has a lot of ability.
Home Affairs blitzes them in the Heritage Stakes.
Everest horse for Coolmore? pic.twitter.com/LvWGUeE5kz
— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) September 25, 2021
The Inferno: $19 with TopSport (Slot: James Harron Bloodstock)
Former Singapore star who has impressed many and has snagged a slot with two big runs for Cliff Brown upon shifting to Australia. Won the Group 2 McEwen Stakes, and beaten a nose in the Group 1 Moir.
Cameron says: Could be the surprise packet. Was excellent at the Valley first-up, dropping like a bomb over the 1000m, then was asked to do the same and nearly did so behind Wild Ruler in the Moir. He’s much better suited up to the 1200m and that MV track in his win had quite a bit of give… so I think he might be okay on this wet track (though that is hard to know for sure). Happy to have a little bet if he gets to a bigger price.
“He has got a lethal turn of foot.”
— Racing.com (@Racing) September 24, 2021
And the rest…
Lost And Running: $31 with TopSport (Slot: TAB)
The John O’Shea gelding impressed with multiple wins over late autumn, culminating in the Listed Luskin Star Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill in May. Returned in The Shorts but was wound down and pulled up lame. Got through the Premiere Stakes well with a competitive fourth.
— SKY Racing (@SkyRacingAU) August 19, 2021
Libertini: $34 with TopSport (Slot: Aquis)
Star mare who will head into the race first-up. Hasn’t really fired in three trials, but trainer Anthony Cummings is happy with her to date.
Wild Ruler: $34 with TopSport (Slot: Yu Long Investments)
Snowden four-year-old that ran second in the Group 3 Concorde, before unleashing a super finish to win the Group 1 Moir Stakes at The Valley. Will run in the Yu Long slot.
YES BUCKETS! Daniel Moor and Wild Ruler win the Group 1 Moir Stakes. 😃 pic.twitter.com/xtQGjajaCK
— Racing.com (@Racing) September 24, 2021
Trekking: $41 with TopSport (Slot: Godolphin)
Evergreen Godolphin sprinter who’ll run in their slot after running third in both the Group 2 Concorde and the Group 1 Moir.
Embracer: $71 with TopSport (Slot: James Kennedy)
Waterhouse and Bott sprinter that finished third in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes. Replaces the injured Rothfire in the Kennedy slot.
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