The Everest 2020

Saturday October 17, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: The Everest horses that ran well make a good VRC Sprint Classic tip in Melbourne later in the spring

The Everest is one of the newest horse races in Australia and also the richest turf race in the world with a total of $15 million in prize money in 2020, up from the original $10 million on offer in the inaugural edition.

It was run for the first time in 2017 on Saturday October 14 at Royal Randwick Racecourse – won by Redzel who successfully defended his title in 2018 – and the event now competes for attention with the Melbourne horse races around this time.

A weight-for-age sprint contested over 1200m, The Everest is the jewel of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival crown and is a Restricted race that does not hold black-type status. The $15 million prize pool sees it surpass the iconic Melbourne Cup  as the richest Australian horse race.

The everest betting and odds are available here at Ladbrokes Australia

The Everest run at Royal Randwick is worth a staggering $15 million in prize money in 2020.

The Everest is unlike any other race contested down under and entry into The Everest field comes at a colossal cost of $600,000 to connections. Only the richest racing horse owners are able to buy their way into the event and The Everest field has a capacity of 12 starters.

Open to both Australian-trained and international horses The Everest is fast becoming one of the most recognised and revered racing events held anywhere in the world.

During the spring racing season in Australia lead-up races into The Everest include Randwick’s Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) in September and the weight-for-age Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at the same track. In 2017 the inaugural The Everest winner Redzel backed-up from a victory in The Shorts. Twelve months later Redzel improved on a lead-up fifth in the Premier Stakes to become a dual The Everest champion.

The Everest history was made in 2019 when the Chris Waller-trained three-year-old Yes Yes Yes beat the older horses in a new track record time.

In 2020 The Everest winner Classique Legend improved on his sixth in the previous year’s edition to become the first favourite to win at $4.20 handing jockey Kerrin McEvoy his incredible third victory in four years. 

After contesting The Everest race horses may continue onto the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival for Group 1 sprint targets including the Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley and the VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) run down the famous Flemington straight on the first Saturday of November during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Redzel (2017) became the first sprinter to do The Everest – VRC Sprint Classic interstate spring sprint double. In 2019, star short distance specialist Nature Strip improved on a lead-up fourth in The Everest results to win the VRC Sprint Classic.

Each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival Racing NSW will also rename the $1 million Winners Stakes (1300m), held at Rosehill Gardens on The Golden Eagle Day in early November, in honour of The Everest winner. For the inaugural Winners Stakes race in 2019 the event was known as The Redzel Stakes. The 2020 Winners Stakes will be run as the Yes Yes Yes Stakes.

The Everest Day also now features the addition of a $1.3 million Special Condition race – The Kosciuszko (1200m) – for NSW Country Trained Horses only.

The latest edition of The Everest ran on Saturday October 17, 2020 and was won by the well-supported favourite Classique Legend. 

2020 The Everest Results

The Everest 2020 race results and full finishing order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 17, 2020.

  • 1st: #3 Classique Legend
  • 2nd: #6 Bivouac
  • 3rd: #7 Gytrash

The Les Bridge-trained Classique Legend ($4.20F) stormed home late to run down his rivals in a huge performance to become the first favourite to salute in The Everest 2020 results

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 CLASSIQUE LEGEND Les Bridge Kerrin McEvoy   6 58.5kg   $4.20F
2 6 BIVOUAC James Cummings Glen Boss 2.5L 10 58.5kg   $9.50
3 7 GYTRASH Gordon Richards Jason Collett 3L 7 58.5kg   $6
4 2 TREKKING James Cummings Joshua Parr 3.1L 4 58.5kg   $16
5 12 HAUT BRION HER Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 3.4L 3 56.5kg   $41
6 4 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony & Sam Freedman Sam Clipperton 3.6L 8 58.5kg   $20
7 1 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 3.8L 5 58.5kg   $7
8 11 LIBERTINI Anthony Cummings Regan Bayliss 4.1L 12 56.5kg   $6
9 10 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Tommy Berry 6.1L 11 56.5kg   $19
10 5 BEHEMOTH David Jolly Nash Rawiller 6.5L 2 58.5kg   $11
11 8 EDUARDO Joseph Pride Ms Rachel King 6.8L 9 58.5kg   $26
12 9 DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR Tony & Calvin McEvoy Tim Clark 8.8L 1 58.5kg   $101
  15e STANDOUT Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou     0      
  16e TACTICAL ADVANTAGE Kris Lees     0      
  13e DEPRIVE James Cummings     0      
  14e SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees     0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

The Everest Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 17, 2020
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Restricted
  • Prize Money: $15 million
  • First Run: 2017

The Everest Odds

The Everest betting markets are some most interesting of each spring racing season and odds on the world’s richest turf race are dominated by the star sprinters getting around at that time.

Some horses from international stables in The Everest betting markets may be unfamiliar to punters down under so doing the form on the race will be more crucial than ever.

A key early lead-up race for contenders that impacts The Everest odds is the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) held at Randwick in mid-September, which produced the very first The Everest winner Redzel (1st in 2017). Horses that dominated the autumn carnival sprint races including the TJ Smith Stakes also feature highly in The Everest race odds in the spring. In 2020 Classique Legend completed The Shorts – The Everest double with a Group 2 Premiere Stakes second between the two wins. 

Classique Legend ($4.20 in 2020) was also the first favourite in The Everest betting to win. 

Group 1 winning sprinters out of the autumn features earlier in the year including Randwick’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) dominate The Everest betting markets as the event is contested at the same track / distance as The Everest race during ‘The Championships’.

2020 The Everest Betting

The Everest 2020 betting featuring who’s who of Australian sprinters and The Everest odds will be provided below as soon as open. Runners confirmed in The Everest field feature heavily in all-in odds, while early spring performers that are dominating lead-up races are also being kept safe in early markets.

Betting on The Everest 2020 will be led by the year’s TJ Smith Stakes winner / placegetters and proven Group 1 sprint stars with good lead-up form.

The Everest Field

Entry into the spring’s The Everest field is via a hefty $600,000 payment from connections. There are 12 spots available into The Everest final field and each of those slots will be sold to interested owners. Those connections can then choose to trade their position in the world’s richest turf race or go into partnership with another owner who does not hold one of the original slots in The Everest race field.

The Everest field will attract an elite line-up of the world’s best sprinters from both local and international stables and a host of weight-for-age stars. Many horses that may have previously run in Melbourne spring sprint races may choose to shoot for the bigger prize money in The Everest field with $6.2 million on offer to the winner. Prize money is paid down to 12th so every horse in The Everest field comes away with stakes.

2020 The Everest Field

The official The Everest 2020 field and barriers will be made available below as soon as the 12 slots in the race are confirmed by 10am (AEDT) on Tuesday October 13, 2020. 

All 12 The Everest 2020 horses have now been confirmed with Haut Brion Her to represent Three Bridges – her birth place – after the final slot was sold to the Victoria stud by Chris Waller Racing. 

Waller trains two contenders also represented by one-time favourite Nature Strip looking to return to form, while markets are led by Classique Legend and Concorde Stakes winner Gytrash who has been kept fresh since. 

The 2020 The Everest Barrier Draw took place on Tuesday night and saw Nature Strip draw ideally in barrier five and regain top spot in betting. Other well-backed runners that drew nicely include Classique Legend (6) and Gytrash (7), while Libertini has eased in the markets drawing the outside alley (12). 

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 141x411x24 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 5 58.5kg     121
2 324x7219x2 TREKKING James Cummings Joshua Parr 4 58.5kg     116
3 x2360x1x12 CLASSIQUE LEGEND Les Bridge Kerrin McEvoy 6 58.5kg     115
4 225x6266x6 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony & Sam Freedman Sam Clipperton 8 58.5kg     115
5 184x14x111 BEHEMOTH David Jolly Nash Rawiller 2 58.5kg     114
6 62x61365x3 BIVOUAC James Cummings Glen Boss 10 58.5kg     114
7 x2x13212x1 GYTRASH Gordon Richards Jason Collett 7 58.5kg     114
8 x37x07x112 EDUARDO Joseph Pride Ms Rachel King 9 58.5kg     110
9 x2308x8522 DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR Tony & Calvin McEvoy Tim Clark 1 58.5kg     104
10 1x77351x35 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Tommy Berry 11 56.5kg     114
11 x1133x49x1 LIBERTINI Anthony Cummings Regan Bayliss 12 56.5kg     110
12 x111221x17 HAUT BRION HER Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 3 56.5kg     105
13e 714x5465x3 DEPRIVE James Cummings   0 58.5kg     106
14e 56x211x345 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees   0 58.5kg     105
15e 0x84170x85 TACTICAL ADVANTAGE Kris Lees   0 58.5kg     105
16e 112x160x55 STANDOUT Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou   0 58.5kg     104
  Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

The Everest Tips

The Everest betting tips favour proven Group 1 winning sprinters and those proven down under. The 1200m Randwick course gives the advantage to the locally-trained contingent so the Aussie horses in the mix dominate The Everest tips each season.

Because the event is a weight-for-age race the best of the season’s three-year-old stars also feature highly in betting tips for The Everest race. In 2019 Yes Yes Yes won The Everest as a three-year-old.

Keeping an eye on lead-up sprints both in Australia and overseas including England’s Royal Ascot carnival during our winter are also key The Everest tips.

2020 The Everest Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider The Everest 2020 betting tips and exotic race selections will be detailed in full below the week of the race so stay tuned for the sprinters to back and sack in the $14 million Sydney race feature.

Confirmed 2020 The Everest Horses

Below punters can stay up-to-date with the latest confirmed The Everest horses that have secured a slot in the 12-horse feature race at Randwick.


The Everest Horses & Odds - Nature Strip -

Nature Strip. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • Slot Holder: TAB
  • Breeding: by NICCONI  from STRIKELINE
  • Trainer: Chris Waller
  • Owners: Mr R A E Lyons, Mr P D Harrison, Mr P N Kean, Mr S W Hansen, Mr G L Smith, Mr J P Van Duuren, Mr P J Balderstone, Mr K C Garland, Mr D J Mccluskey, Mr C A Bennett, Mr G D Dumesny, Mr F Giampaolo, Ms D J Mcshane, Mr D J Slocum, Mr T G Mchenry
  • Prizemoney: $5,195,685 
  • Career:  25-14:3:0

Chris Waller won the race last year with Yes Yes Yes (as both a trainer and slot holder) and in 2020 the master Sydney horseman already has a runner snapped up by the TAB in Nature Strip. This superstar sprinter is a four-time Group 1 winner including in last season’s VRC Sprint Classic, which came on the back of a luckless fourth in The Everest behind his younger stablemate. Winner of Sydney’s TJ Smith Stakes in the autumn, Nature Strip dominates early The Everest betting.

Update: Nature Strip resumed in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes and finished second as the beaten odds-on favourite. First-up syndrome struck again for the top weight. He was later knocked off top spot in The Everest betting after a second-up flop when running a disappointing fourth in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes as the beaten favourite.


The Everest Horses & Odds -

Classique Legend. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • Slot Holder: Bon Hoffa
  • Breeding: by NOT A SINGLE DOUBT  from PINOCCHIO
  • Trainer: Les Bridge
  • Owners: Mr K K Ho
  • Prizemoney: $1,886,500 
  • Career:  11-5:2:2

The second horse to confirm a slot in The Everest 2020 field, Classique Legend is a sprinter with plenty of upside having had just the nine starts ahead of the new racing season. Winner of the Group 1 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint, he was luckless when sixth in last year’s The Everest and is being carefully prepared for a second shot by Bridge who resumed him ahead of the spring in the June Stakes. The horse won under a big weight with Kerrin McEvoy aboard and McEvoy has committed to The Everest ride on the classy grey.

Update: Classique Legend kicked-off his spring bid in the Group 2 $500,000 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick on Saturday September 19 and was ultra-impressive flying home for a huge first-up win and subsequently firming in The Everest betting. He shot to the top of the markets after the Premiere Stakes results when runner-up to the shock winner Libertini. 


2020 The Everest Horses: Gytrash (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) |

Gytrash. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • Slot Holder: Inglis
  • Breeding:by LOPE DE VEGA (IRE)  from MISS BARLEY
  • Trainer: Gordon Richards
  • Owners: Ms J Heaney, Mr C A Reynolds, Mr R M Warnock, Mr J M Baker, P N U, Mrs A J Charlton, Mr L J Clifford, Ms L Clifford, Mr S B Charlton, Dream To Win, Island Dreaming, Mr R B Jones, Ms V N Gordon, Mr W A Blythman, Mr G Blythman
  • Prizemoney:$1,318,050
  • Career:  20-9:6:4

The third confirmed runner in The Everest 2020 field is the Gordon Richards-trained Adelaide star Gytrash racing for Inglis. Constantly underrated, the five-year-old chestnut is best known for his Group 1 Lightning Stakes win at Flemington in February. He went on to run a further two Group 1 placings in Melbourne that prep and beat Sunlight home fresh last time in back home in the RN Irwin before a The Goodwood second. Has form around the country’s best sprinters and could prove a value bet.

Update: Gytrash was ultra-impressive first-up flashing home for an all-speed performance defeating Nature Strip in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes by one and a half-lengths.


2020 The Everest Horses: Eduardo (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) |

Eduardo. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • Slot Holder: Mieverest
  • Breeding:by HOST (CHI)  from BLUSHING
  • Trainer: Joe Pride
  • Owners: Mr J J W Pride, Mr N Cresci, Mr A J Curran, Buffto’s First Kiss, Mr L Galvin, Mr B Henderson, Miss J A Kaufmann, Ms M Kaye, Mr G J Loiero, Mr N J Pinner, Mr D P Ritchie, Mr A J Rix, Mr B Rodwell, Team T S A, Ungar Family, Dr J R Whitfeld
  • Prizemoney: $570,900
  • Career:  15-5:3:3

After the original Mieverest runner – Rothfire – pulled up lame following his failed Golden Rose bid the replacement was announced as Eduardo. Group 2 Missile Stakes winner first-up, caught the eye running second to Classique Legend in the The Shorts second-up and gives trainer Pride his first The Everest runner for the 2000 or so slot holders. 


2020 The Everest Horses: Tofane (Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos) |

Tofane. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • Slot Holder: Yulong Investments
  • Breeding: by OCEAN PARK (NZ)  from BAGGY GREEN
  • Trainer: Michael Moroney
  • Owners: Ballymore Stables (Aust) Pty Ltd, B & C Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, Wright Racing, Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Mr C H Madden, Gee Gee Equine Limited, Mr K N Good, Mr W A Richardson, Dr J T Kennedy, Mr R A Ford, Mr F D Brown, Mr G Mellis, Mr M F Merton, Mr A R Pezzimenti, Mr S M Pezzimenti, Mr J Pezzimenti, Mrs J G Madden, Mr A F M Panozzo, Mr J A Kennedy, R & C Legh Racing Pty Ltd
  • Prizemoney: $828,720    
  • Career:  15-5:2:2

Michael Moroney’s All Aged Stakes winning mare Tofane will represent 2018 slot holders Yulong Investments in The Everest 2020. A versatile, proven weight-for-age performer who races well the right-handed direction, Tofane returned at Flemington with a brilliant first-up third in the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis. She’ll run second-up at HQ in the Gilgai and tackle The Everest back in Sydney third-up.

Update: Tofane was luckless down the straight when fifth in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes behind straight track specialist Zoutori. She had no luck in the run and was only beaten a length, sure to improve back in Sydney for The Everest. 


2020 The Everest Horses: Dollar For Dollar (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) |

Dollar For Dollar. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • Slot Holder: Aquis
  • Breeding: by HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE)  from PRETTY PENNY
  • Trainer: Tony & Calvin McEvoy
  • Owners: R & C Legh Racing Pty Ltd, Pipeliner Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Mr G B Medved, Mr P J Mullen, Ms X Huang, Mr A C Hall, Mr E W Cockram, Mr G M Turner
  • Prizemoney: $765,745    
  • Career:  30:8-7-2

Tony & Calvin McEvoy’s veteran eight-year-old is an eleventh hour inclusion into The Everest 2020 final field replacing Farnan in the Aquis slot. The galloper is a long odds despite coming off two good second placings this prep in the Group 1 Sir Rupert behind fellow The Everest contender Behemoth and then in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes last time out at Flemington. 


2020 The Everest Horses: Behemoth (Photo: Jenny Barnes) |

Behemoth. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

  • Slot Holder: The Star
  • Breeding: by ALL TOO HARD  from PENNY BANGER
  • Trainer: David Jolly
  • Owners: The Grand, Mr B L Hannon, 21St Century Racing Pty Ltd, Mr A J Devine, Mr C J Downie, Mr V Francesca, Samui Racing, Mr B M McGilvray, Mr P Neuberger, The Quine Boys Inc, Mr M J Smith, Mr T J Thompson, Ms L M Woodroffe, T A Fletcher
  • Prizemoney: $1,627,290    
  • Career:  17:7-4-0

Behemoth has stamped himself as a key spring contender this prep winning his last three on the trot, the Adelaide raider completing the Group 1 Memsie Stakes – Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes double over 1400m at Caulfield. A $6,000 bargain buy, the hulking sprint star is on fire and doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon. 


2020 The Everest Horses: Bivouac (Photo: Steve Hart) |

Bivouac. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • Slot Holder: Godolphin
  • Breeding: by EXCEED AND EXCEL  from DAZZLER
  • Trainer: James Cummings
  • Owners: Godolphin
  • Prizemoney: $2,265,760
  • Career:  17:6-3-3

Godolphin have selected their consistent four-year-old star Bivuoac to fill their slot in 2020, the $2 million plus earner running a first-up third in The Shorts, which could prove the form line to follow into this year’s The Everest. 


2020 The Everest Horses: Santa Ana Lane (Photo: Steve Hart) |

Santa Ana Lane. Photo: Steve Hart.

Coolmore have veteran The Everest contender Santa Ana Lane in the hunt in 2020, the $7.7 million earner running in the event for the third year on the trot. He was runner-up in 2019 and hasn’t been seen since his unplaced The Goodwood run in May, but is that kind of evergreen veteran you should never say never to!  

Update: Resumed in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes at Flemington running sixth in a tight finish and should improve second-up, but has eased notably in betting on The Everest with plenty of younger horses in better form ahead of the event. 



2020 The Everest Horses: Santa Ana Lane (Photo: Steve Hart) |

Santa Ana Lane. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • Slot Holder: Max Whitby
  • Breeding: by STREET CRY (IRE)  from OUTDOOR
  • Trainer: James Cummings
  • Owners: Godolphin
  • Prizemoney: $3,949,870
  • Career:  30:10-5-4

The second Cummings-trained, Godolphin-raced The Everest runner in 2020 is Trekking for Max Whitby. The multiple Group 1 winning sprinter ran third last season and returns for another shot at the title. First-up second in the Group 1 Moir at The Valley caught the eye indicating he’ll improve over 1200m back in Sydney. 


2020 The Everest Horses: Libertini (Photo: Steve Hart) |
  • Slot Holder: James Harron Bloodstock
  • Breeding: by I AM INVINCIBLE  from ALOHA
  • Trainer: Anthony Cummings
  • Owners:Mr G Harvey, Strawberry Hill Stud
  • Prizemoney: $842,950
  • Career:  10:5-1-2

Anthony Cummings’ progressive I Am Invincible mare came out of nowhere to snare the penultimate slot in The Everest field with her flashing win in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes fresh. She was at big odds first-up against a field of confirmed The Everest horses and blitzed them all including the distant runner-up Classique Legend by two lengths, while one-time The Everest favourite Nature Strip ran a flat fourth. 



2020 The Everest Horses: Haut Brion Her (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) |

Haut Brion Her. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • Slot Holder: Three Bridges
  • Breeding: by ZOUSTAR  from ONE IN A MILLION
  • Trainer: Chris Waller
  • Owners: Mr G J Johnson, Mr S W Gardiner, Mr P J Liston
  • Prizemoney: $512,300    
  • Career:  10:6-3-0

Chris Waller Racing sold the final slot in The Everest 2020 field to Three Bridges, the Victorian Stud to be represented by their own-bred mare Haut Brion Her. The Sheraco Stakes winner is an outsider to salute after her mid-field Golden Pendant run last start, but looks suited to the track and distance. 

The Everest Form Guide

The Everest form guide is a punters’ best friend providing all the essential information on the 12 horses in the field including lead-up runs, track / distance records, jockeys and the all-important The Everest barrier draw.

Looking for horses with Group 1 wins on the record, international race experience, a stellar 1200m distance record, past Randwick wins in races like the autumn’s TJ Smith Stakes and weight-for-age performers on The Everest form guide are all important before placing bets on the $15 million event.

2020 The Everest Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive The Everest 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

The Everest Results

The very first edition of The Everest ran on Saturday October 14, 2017 at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney and the inaugural The Everest winner and race results were dominated by the Team Snowden-trained Redzel who went on to win Flemington’s VRC Sprint Classic next-up.

Redzel went on to repeat her stunning performance the very next year, winning The Everest in convincing fashion over an arguably much more talented field. The win saw Redzel’s career earnings  reach over $15 million across her four-year career.

Using The Everest results as a guide to later Melbourne Spring Carnival races is important for punters with the VRC Sprint Classic in November making a nice betting double with the lucrative Restricted race.

The Everest Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Classique Legend Bivouac Gytrash 1:08.27
2019 Yes Yes Yes Santa Ana Lane Trekking 1:07.32(R)
2018 Redzel Trapeze Artist Osborne Bulls 1:12.03
2017 Redzel Vega Magic Brave Smash 1:08.36