The Everest may only be in its third year, but there is no doubt that the race has already changed the complete landscape of the Spring Racing Carnival.
But what if The Everest had been introduced a decade earlier?
We have analysed the sprinting ranks over the past ten years and worked out what horses we believe would have won The Everest each year!
2007 – Miss Andretti
Miss Andretti was the best sprinter in the world in 2007, as well as the best horse in Australia, and she would have had The Everest at her mercy.
She won the Lightning Stakes, Australia Stakes and Newmarket Handicap during her Autumn campaign before she traveled to the United Kingdom to win the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Miss Andretti returned to Australia to win the Moir Stakes and VRC Sprint Classic and there is no doubt that she would have been a very short-priced favourite for The Everest.
2008 – Apache Cat
This would have been a very open edition of The Everest as there was no clear standout in the sprinting ranks.
The x-factor here is Weekend Hussler – could the big prizemoney on offer in The Everest convince Ross McDonald to avoid a Cups campaign for the champion sprinter? – and Takeover Target would be in the mix, but it is Apache Cat that would have been tough to beat.
Apache Cat was beaten as a short-priced favourite in the 2008 VRC Sprint Classic, but he did win the Lightning Stakes, Australia Stakes, TJ Smith Stakes, BTC Cup and Doomben 10,000 during an outstanding Autumn campaign.
2009 – Takeover Target
This wasn’t a vintage year for sprinters in Australia and this would have been another open race.
There was no doubt that Takeover Target was past his best in 2009, but he still would have been very hard to beat in The Everest.
He won the TJ Smith Stakes and The Goodwood in the Autumn before he wasn’t disgraced in the KrisFlyer International Sprint in Singapore and the July Cup at Newmarket.
This would have been a fitting way for Takeover Target to go out.
2010 – Black Caviar
2010 was the year that Black Caviar stamped herself as the best sprinter in Australia.
You would have got a backable price for her in this contest, Hay List was flying as well, but she showed in the VRC Sprint Classic that she well and truly had his number.
2011 – Black Caviar
It seems impossible, but Black Caviar was even better in 2011 than she was in 2010.
She won the Lightning Stakes, Newmarket Handicap, William Reid Stakes, TJ Smith Stakes and the BTC Cup in the Autumn before she took out the Schillaci Stakes, Moir Stakes and VRC Sprint Classic in the spring.
There is no horse in the world that could have beaten her in 2011.
2012 – Sea Siren
Black Caviar was out of the picture in 2012 and her absence would have made this a fairly open race.
She is often forgotten, but Sea Siren was absolutely flying in 2012.
Sea Siren won both the BTC Cup and Doomben 10,000 during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival before she took out the Manikato Stakes at The Valley.
Throw in a second place finish in the VRC Sprint Classic and there was no better sprinter in the Spring of 2012.
2013 – Buffering
It took him a long time to win his maiden Group 1, but Buffering really went on with the job.
He stamped himself as the best sprinter in Australia with his win in the Manikato Stakes and the VRC Sprint Classic before he went to Perth to win the Winterbottom Stakes.
Damian Browne would have taken him straight to the front in The Everest and he would have proven extremely tough to run down.
2014 – Terravista
This would have been a truly outstanding race between the likes of Terravista, Chautauqua, Lankan Rupee, Buffering and Moment Of Change.
You can make a case for any of these horses, but we are going with Terravista.
Terravista won The Shorts in Sydney and had no luck in the Manikato Stakes before he claimed a narrow victory over Chautauqua in the VRC Sprint Classic.
2015 – Chautauqua
There would be no holding out Chautauqua in 2015.
His record over 1200 metres at Royal Randwick was outstanding, he won the TJ Smith Stakes on three occasions, and he may have been at the height of his powers in 2015.
His victory in the Manikato Stakes had to be seen to be believed and we will forgive him for his defeat in the VRC Sprint Classic.
2016 – Spieth
The Spring of 2016 was not a good time for sprinters in Australia and the fact that Chautauqua didn’t come up leaves this as a very open race.
He never did get his Group 1 victory, but this might have been the race for Spieth.
Although he may have struggled to earn a berth, Spieth was absolutely flying this preparation and really should have beaten Malaguerra to win the VRC Sprint Classic.