The Everest 2021

Saturday October 16, 2021

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.

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. 

In 2021 Chris Waller won his second The Everest when Nature Strip ($3.70) saluted for the punters at his third attempt in the event. 

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 2021 Winners Stakes will be run as the Classique Legend 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 – as well as two Group 3 support acts with the running of the Craven Plate and the Sydney Stakes for horses that failed to gain a slot in The Everest field.  

The latest edition of The Everest runs on Saturday October 16, 2021 and saw the Chris Waller-trained favourite Nature Strip ($3.70) win at his third attempt. 

2021 The Everest Results

The Everest 2021 race results and full finishing order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 16, 2021.

  • 1st: #1 Nature Strip ($3.70F)
  • 2nd: #6 Masked Crusader
  • 3rd: #3 Eduardo

Nature Strip ($3.70F) was so brave in his third shot at The Everest title finally saluting for the punters when holding off the flying Masked Crusader along with his last start conqueror in The Shorts Eduardo in a sensational edition of the world’s richest turf race. 

The Everest Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 16, 2021
  • 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, while in 2021 Nature Strip improved on a lead-up The Shorts second to win The Everest and that year’s The Shorts winner Eduardo ran third in The Everest trifecta. 

Held even earlier in the season, the Group 3 The Heath 1100 Stakes at Caulfield in August makes a good early The Everest guide and the results of that short-distance Melbourne race can affect markets on the world’s richest turf race. 2021 The Heath winner Masked Crusader went on to run a narrow second in The Everest quinella that year. 

Classique Legend ($4.20 in 2020) followed by Nature Strip ($3.70 in 2021) are the first and latest favourites in The Everest betting respectively 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’. Dual TJ Smith Stakes champion Nature Strip finally won The Everest in 2021 at his third attempt. 

2021 The Everest Betting

The Everest 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2021 The Everest will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

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.

One of the very first potential lead-up races of the spring for horses looking for a slot in The Everest field is August’s Group 3 Show County Quality on Winx Stakes Day. 

The other excellent The Everest lead-up is Randwick’s Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) held in early September. Redzel won the Concorde Stakes three years straight (2017-19) including in the lead-up to his back-to-back The Everest victories, while the 2020 Concorde Stakes winner Gytrash ran third in that year’s The Everest trifecta. 

Nature Strip (2021) was the last sprinter to complete the Concorde Stakes – The Everest double. 

2021 The Everest Field

The official The Everest 2021 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 12, 2021. 

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy gets a chance to make history with a fourth The Everest win in the race’s five-year history partnering the defending champion Classique Legend in the 12-horse field this weekend. 

The 2021 The Everest Barrier Draw saw last year’s hero Classique Legend come up trumps with barrier five, one wider than the gate he saluted from in 2020. 

  • The Everest 2021 emergencies are: Standout, Signore Fox, Chat and Kementari. 

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.

2021 The Everest Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider The Everest 2021 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 $15 million Sydney race feature.

  • To Win: #6 Masked Crusader ($7 at time of publish) 

What a race! Over half the runners in this year’s The Everest field has genuine claims at the title and with the potential for a wet track things are wide open. Classique Legend? He could just come out and win again, but want to stick with a fitter horse with form in slow going. Masked Crusader has been strong this prep including his Group 2 Premiere Stakes win at this track / distance. Barrier 9 for Tommy Berry suits. He will need to be very good to defeat a field of proven The Everest horses including 2020/21 Champion Sprinter Nature Strip and the Godolphin-raced stalwart Trekking who both make their third claim at the title, but with the right run and conditions to suit Masked Crusader looks value. 

Confirmed 2021 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.


2021 The Everest Horses: Embracer (Photo: Steve Hart) |

Embracer. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • Slot Holder: James Kennedy 
  • Breeding: by SEBRING  from LEONE CHIARA
  • Trainer: Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
  • Owners: Mrs G M Waterhouse AO, RKH Thoroughbreds, Dr S Pazios, Golden Art Enterprise Inc, Mr G Bacon, Mrs J M Bacon, Mr B A Stracey, Friends Of Mr Ed 2, Hillside Parade Racing & Breeding, Mr G Anagnostopoulos, Mr S Fahiz, Ms R G Sprigg-McKinnie, Mr B J O’Brien, Mr A J Bott, Mr G B Medved, Mrs M Sottocornola
  • Current The Everest 2021 Odds*: $41 at time of publish 

James Kennedy was on the hunt for a “Plan B” galloper to fill his The Everest 2021 slot after his original entry Rothfire was withdrawn from the $15 million classic after a flat 7th in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes and subsequent return to Queensland. Eventually he struck a deal with Waterhouse & Bott who have their first The Everest contender in six-year-old Embracer, a surprise third at 20/1 in the Premiere Stakes first-up. 


2021 The Everest Horses (Trekking) | Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos |

Trekking. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • Slot Holder: Godolphin
  • Breeding: by STREET CRY (IRE)  from OUTDOOR
  • Trainer: James Cummings
  • Owners: Godolphin
  • Current The Everest 2021 Odds*: $26 at time of publish 

Godolphin have opted for experience over youth for their 2021 The Everest contender and are sticking with stable stalwart Trekking who lines-up in the event for the third time. He ran third to the young winner Yes Yes Yes in 2019 before a fourth last year. The now seven-year-old continues to show a zest for racing and has earned a spot after back-to-back thirds in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes and the Group 1 Moir Stakes. He hasn’t won a race since the 2020 The Goodwood in Adelaide, but third-up and fit at the price could run a nice placing. 




2021 The Everest Horses (Home Affairs) | Photo: Steve Hart |

Home Affairs. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • Slot Holder: Coolmore
  • Trainer: Chris Waller
  • Owners: Coolmore, Wynaus, Westerberg, Mr J Poulin, Sir P J Vela, Chris Waller Racing, Lynque, Woppitt Bloodstock, Peachester Lodge Pty Ltd, Mr K J Pooley, Mrs J L Pooley, Rockingham Thoroughbreds, Mr R McClure
  • Current The Everest 2021 Odds*: $13 

Coolmore have named smart I Am Invincible colt Home Affairs as their 2021 The Everest runner for Chris Waller who won the race with a three-year-old in 2019 (Yes Yes Yes). A Group 2 winner at the track from the autumn, Home Affairs was dominant fresh at Rosehill winning the Listed Heritage Stakes (1100m) with 59kg and will be flying fitter for the run with less weight in The Everest with Glen Boss to ride. 




2021 The Everest Horses: Wild Ruler (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) |

Wild Ruler. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • Slot Holder: Yu Long Investments 
  • Breeding: by SNITZEL  from GYPSY ROBIN (USA)
  • Trainer: Peter & Paul Snowden 
  • Owners: Newgate Bloodstock, China Horse Club Racing Pty Ltd, Horse Ventures, Newgate S F, Go Bloodstock Australia, G1G Racing & Breeding, Nick Vass Bloodstock, Glenlogan Park, Aston Bloodstock, Grant Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Carpe Diem, Winstar Farm LLC, Mr D W Wallace, Mr B M Allen
  • Current The Everest 2021 Odds*: $26 at time of publish 

The third last slot in The Everest 2021 field sees Moir Stakes winning four-year-old Wild Ruler run for Yu Long Investments as co-trainer Peter Snowden chases a third win in Australia’s richest race. 



2021 The Everest Horses: Libertini (Photo: Steve Hart) |

Eduardo. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • Slot Holder: Aquis
  • Breeding: by I AM INVINCIBLE  from ALOHA
  • Trainer: Anthony Cummings
  • Owners: Mr G Harvey, Strawberry Hill Stud
  • Current The Everest 2021 Odds*: $21 at time of publish 

Aquis have announced their slot in The Everest 2021 field will be filled by last year’s eighth-placed mare Libertini. She is a superstar when first-up and so will be resuming in The Everest field, getting the chance to become the first winner of the event without a lead-up run. She defeated subsequent The Everest hero Classique Legend in slick time first-up last spring in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes and connections are hoping for a similar return this time in on the big stage. 



2021 The Everest Horses: The Inferno (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) |

The Inferno. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • Slot Holder: James Harron Bloodstock 
  • Breeding: by HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR (IRE)  from SPINA ROSA
  • Trainer: Cliff Brown 
  • Owners: Barree Pastoral Co Pty Ltd
  • Current The Everest 2021 Odds*: $17 at time of publish 

The James Harron Bloodstock The Everest 2021 slot has been snapped up by the Cliff Brown-trained Singapore expat The Inferno. The five-year-old won the Group 2 McEwen Stakes two back before running a devastatingly close second to Wild Ruler in the Group 1 Moir Stakes at The Valley. Over the 1000m he was close and up to 1200m in The Everest looks a genuine chance. 



2021 The Everest Horses: Eduardo (Photo: Steve Hart) |

Eduardo. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • Slot Holder: The Star & Arrowfield
  • Breeding: by HOST (CHI)  from BLUSHING
  • Trainer: Joseph 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
  • Current The Everest 2021 Odds*: $8 

He may be an eight-year-old, but there’s plenty to suggest this son of of Host is still peaking ahead of his spot in The Everest 2021 field. Eduardo was excellent last prep winning the Group 2 Challenge Stakes at Randwick before an elite level success in Rosehill’s Group 1 The Galaxy. Travelling to Brisbane for the winter, he secured another Group 1 win in the Doomben 10,000 after his third in the TJ Smith Stakes – all form that is tipped to hold up in the spring. He was slashed in The Everest betting after kicking off his campaign with an upset win over Nature Strip in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes. 



2021 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
  • Current The Everest 2021 Odds*: $11 

This slot in The Everest 2021 field was selected by Inglis who will again be represented by last year’s third placegetter and subsequent $1 million Winners Stakes champion Gytrash. Gytrash had his price in The Everest betting halved following the galloper’s eye-catching first-up third in The Shorts results – the form line tipped to stack up in the big one on October 16. 



2021 The Everest Horses (Lost And Running) | Photo: Steve Hart |

Lost And Running. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • Slot Holder: TAB
  • Breeding: by PER INCANTO (USA)  from DREAMLIFE (NZ)
  • Trainer: John O’Shea
  • Owners: Mr C E Holt, Mr L Petagna, Mr F W Cook, Mrs C M Cook, Mrs I O’Shea
  • Current The Everest 2021 Odds*: $19 

This slot in The Everest 2021 field sees the untapped and lightly-raced Lost And Running look to stamp himself as a genuine sprint star. Ahead of the spring this son of Per Incanto was unraced in Group company, and had suffered just one loss in seven starts and has been carrying big weight to impressive wins against easier rivals. He was a huge drifter right out from $9 to $26 in The Everest odds however when finishing dead last without much to feel positive about against a field of The Everest horses in The Shorts, but firmed again slightly after improving to run fourth in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes next-up behind Masked Crusader. 



2021 The Everest Horses (Nature Strip) | Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos |

Nature Strip. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • Slot Holder: Chris Waller Racing
  • 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
  • Current The Everest 2021 Odds*: $4.50 

One of the key slots in The Everest 2021 field is filled by Chris Waller’s $8 million earner Nature Strip. Will it be third time lucky for the son of Nicconi? He ran fourth to stablemate Yes Yes Yes in 2019 with Group 1 wins in the Moir and VRC Sprint Classic on either side. Last year the galloper ran a disappointing seventh but he’s since picked up a further two elite level wins including a successful title defence in the TJ Smith Stakes over The Everest track and distance in the autumn. Nature Strip secured a first-up victory to firm into outright The Everest favouritism, brilliant fresh in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes with improvement to come. He then ran second as the beaten odds-on favourite second-up behind Eduardo in The Shorts, but is tipped to make up for that back over 1200m in the rematch. 



2021 The Everest Horses & Odds -

Classique Legend. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • Slot Holder: Bon Ho
  • Breeding: by NOT A SINGLE DOUBT  from PINOCCHIO
  • Trainer: Les Bridge
  • Owners: Legend Racing  
  • Current The Everest 2021 Odds*: $4 

The Bo Ho Racing slot in The Everest 2021 field has been secured by the reigning champion Classique Legend out to emulate the back-to-back wins by Redzel (2017, 2018) in the world’s richest turf race. Lightly-raced and a Randwick specialist, he improved on his sixth in 2019 to claim last year’s event with an outstanding 2.5 length victory. A failed Hong Kong Sprint bid followed in December and all eyes will be on him upon his return this spring. Trialled beautifully on September 24 at Randwick and looked the picture of health. 



2021 The Everest Horses (Masked Crusader) | Photo: Steve Hart |

Masked Crusader. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • Slot Holder: Max Whitby & Neil Werrett 
  • Breeding: by TORONADO (IRE)  from SHE’S GOT GEARS
  • Trainer: Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
  • Owners: R & C Legh Racing Pty Ltd, Gilgai Farm, B & C Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, Mr C H Madden, Mrs J G Madden, Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Encompass Bloodstock, Mr P C Orton
  • Current The Everest 2021 Odds*: $7 

This slot in The Everest 2021 field has been filled by The Everest debutant Masked Crusader, winner of The Valley’s Group 1 William Reid Stakes in March. He followed that when second best to Nature Strip in the TJ Smith Stakes and was far from disgraced when running a close fifth over further (1400m) in the All Aged Stakes. There’s been a hype on this galloper for some time and Whitby & Werrett are hoping he can deliver them with success in their fifth attempt following: Vega Magic (2nd in 2017), Graff (5th in 2018), Sunlight (10th in 2019) and Trekking (4th in 2020). Masked Crusader kicked things off in the right fashion winning Caulfield’s Group 3 The Heath 1100 first-up in excellent style. Things didn’t go to plan with fifth in The Shorts in Sydney second-up however, but he was quick to atone in a gutsy Group 2 Premiere Stakes win. 

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.

2021 The Everest Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive The Everest 2021 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
2021 Nature Strip Masked Crusader Edurardo 1:09.11
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