Ladbrokes Tip: Check for horses out of The Everest heading to Melbourne for the Darley Classic each spring
The Everest is the newest horse race in Australia and also the richest turf race in the world with a total of $10 million in prize money. It will run for the first time in 2017 on Saturday October 14 at Royal Randwick Racecourse and compete for attention with the Melbourne horse races around this time.
A weight-for-age sprint contested over 1200m, The Everest is now the jewel of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival crown and is a Restricted race that does not hold black-type status. The $10 million prize pool sees it surpass the iconic Melbourne Cup ($6.2 million) as the richest Australian horse race.
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 will be 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 expected to become 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.
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 Darley Classic (1200m) run down the famous Flemington straight on the first Saturday of November during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The inaugural edition of The Everest runs on Saturday October 14, 2017.
The Everest Race Info
- Date: Saturday October 14, 2017
- Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
- Distance: 1200m
- Conditions: Weight-for-age
- Status: Restricted
- Prize Money: $10 million
- First Run: 2017
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 $5.8 million on offer to the winner. Prize money is paid down to 12th so every horse in The Everest field comes away with stakes.
2017 The Everest Field
The Everest 2017 final field and barrier draw will be confirmed closer to the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival and published right here once announced by Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club (ATC).
Slots are quickly being taken up in the 2017 The Everest Field as slot-holders confirm the star sprinters that will represent them in the $10 million feature sprint. Stay tuned to Ladbrokes.com.au to see what horses make the line-up as positions in the Restricted race are confirmed.
Confirmed 2017 The Everest Horses
- Chautauqua (Hawkes Racing): Star local sprinter Chautauqua is dominating early The Everest 2017 betting. The rising seven-year-old, dubbed ‘The Grey Flash’, is an absolute powerhouse over the 1200m at Randwick – home to his three consecutive Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes victories. A winner of over $8.36 million in prize money, his record speaks for itself and he’ll be hard to beat at his pet track and distance. Racing For: Part-owner Greg Ingham.
- She Will Reign (Gary Portelli): The bookies are taking no early chances with this Manhattan Rain filly, the youngster last seen winning the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill in a runaway effort on a mud track. She has all the upside and will be advantaged at weight-for-age. Any rain around in the spring further boosts her chances. She is all class and just needs to make the step into open-age company. Racing For: Yu Long Investments.
- Houtzen (Toby Edmonds): The two-year-old fillies held the boys’ measure during the autumn and will be out to reign supreme again in the spring. This Gold Coast-trained daughter of I Am Invincible put the writing on the wall winning her opening four career starts including the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic at her home track in January. She made history carting 63kg to a four length win in Brisbane in early March before finishing fifth in the Golden Slipper when disadvantaged by her wide gate (13 of 16). Racing For: Aquis Farm.
- Fell Swoop (Matthew Dale): If the TJ Smith Stakes form from the autumn is the one to follow into The Everest 2017 then there’s a definite case to be made for this Canberra-trained Not A Single Doubt gelding. Dale’s $1.6 million has plenty of hard luck stories in his racing history having been narrowly defeated in a number of key Group 1 sprints. Was runner-up to Chautauqua in the 2016 TJ Smith and third in the race this autumn gone. Also third in last spring’s Darley Classic a half-length beaten down the Flemington straight,. Only winter run was a ninth in the Doomben 10,000, but in Sydney he’ll be better. Racing For: William Inglis and Son.
- English (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott): Latest horse to secure a spot in The Everest field for 2017, this top class Tulloch Lodge-trained mare is another TJ Smith Stakes graduate out to frank that form. The daughter of Encosta De Lago has winning form up to 1400m, including her 2016 All Aged Stakes win over Black Heart Bart at Randwick last year, but is also effective over the sprint distances. She won the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) first-up at Randwick on a Heavy (10) and was runner-up in the TJ Smith Stakes this year looking the winner until Chautauqua came from nowhere to run her down in the final few strides. Racing For: Tabcorp. Confirmed Jockey: Blake Shinn.
Possible 2017 The Everest Horses
- Caravaggio (Aidan O’Brien) – The shortest-priced of the possible international contenders eyeing a spot in The Everest field, this Irish-trained sprint star is on fire with his Group 1 Commonwealth Cup success extending an impressive winning streak. Being kept safe in The Everest betting as the close second elect behind Chautauqua post his Royal Ascot win. Tentatively pegged as the representative for Coolmore.
- Global Glamour (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott) – Waterhouse & Bott have English confirmed for the race, but they are also hoping someone picks up a spot for fellow Group 1 winning filly Global Glamour who is a current $34 roughie in the mix. The daughter of Star Witness completed the Flight Stakes – Thousand Guineas mile double during her gun three-year-old spring campaign last year, but hasn’t won since a Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes success over The Everest track / distance in mid-February. Last start was a brave second in the Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) behind Derryn at Randwick and she’s in the mix to fill the ATC slot.
- Le Romain (Kris Lees) – Hard Spun gelding has amassed over $2 million in prize money over his 18 career starts to date with Newcastle’s Kris Lees including the 2016 Randwick Guineas and Flemington’s Group 1 Cantala Stakes over the mile last Melbourne Cup Carnival. Latest elite level success was in the Canterbury Stakes over 1300m at Randwick when he defeated Chautauqua in the mud this March. Group 1 George Ryder second to Winx followed, while his latest run was a second in the All Aged Stakes in April. Is he a genuine sprinter? If it is at Randwick on a mud track Lees believes so.
The Everest Betting & Odds
The Everest betting markets will be some of the most interesting of each spring racing season and odds on the world’s richest turf race will be 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.
2017 The Everest Odds
Futures The Everest 2017 betting is already open and features the who’s who of Australian sprinting including Astern, Flying Artie and Chautauqua.
The Everest Tips
The Everest betting tips will 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 will 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 will also feature highly in betting tips for The Everest race. 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.
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 $10 million event.
The Everest Results
The very first edition of The Everest is set to run on Saturday October 14, 2017 at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney and this is when the inaugural The Everest winner and race results will be known.
Using The Everest results as a guide to later Melbourne Spring Carnival races will also prove important for punters with something like the Darley Classic in November making a nice betting double with the new Restricted race.
Betting is already open on The Everest 2017 results at Ladbrokes and these futures markets offer generous prices on potential spring stars eyeing a spot in the maiden running of the $10 million contest.
The Everest Winners