Ladbrokes Tip: The Everest horses that ran well make a good Darley Classic tip in Melbourne later in the spring
The Everest is the newest horse race in Australia and also the richest turf race in the world with a total of $13 million in prize money, 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 – and now competes 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 $13 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. In 2017 the inaugural The Everest winner Redzel backed-up from a victory in The Shorts.
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.
Redzel (2017) became the first sprinter to do The Everest – Darley Classic interstate spring sprint double.
The next edition of The Everest runs on Saturday October 13, 2018 .
The Everest Race Info
- Date: Saturday October 13, 2018
- Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
- Distance: 1200m
- Conditions: Weight-for-age
- Status: Restricted
- Prize Money: $13 million
- First Run: 2017
The Everest Betting & 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.
2018 The Everest Odds
The Everest 2018 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.
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.
2018 The Everest Field
The Everest 2018 final field and barrier draw will be published right here after being finalised by Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club (ATC) in mid-October.
As slots in The Everest field are confirmed, we will update punters below with the confirmed The Everest horses and who they represent in the $13 million feature.
Confirmed Horses For The Everest 2018 Field:
Trapeze Artist (Gerald Ryan): Gerald Ryan’s three-time Group 1 winning Snitzel colt became the first confirmed The Everest horse in 2018 filling the slot for Aquis Farm who ran seventh with Houtzen in the race last year. This gun three-year-old has amassed $3 million in prize money thanks to his latest wins over the older horses doing the TJ Smith Stakes – All Aged Stakes Randwick double in the autumn. Was ultra-impressive in the TJ Smith Stakes over The Everest track / distance beating the first ever The Everest champion Redzel by two lengths. A stud career has been put on hold for the very valuable stallion prospect in favour of The Everest bid and a possible subsequent trip overseas. Racing For: Aquis Farm. The Everest Odds: $7.00
In Her Time (Benjamin Smith): Newcastle-trained mare controversially missed out on a slot in the inaugural The Everest field instead winning the Sydney Stakes on the day in quicker time than Redzel took out the big one. Six months out from the second running of the Restricted feature and this daughter of Time Thief is now in and preparations to have her in peak form on the day can begin in earnest. She’s a Group 1 winning sprinter with form around Redzel and faces him in the Doomben 10,000 in Brisbane on May 12 next race. Luckless last time out running third in the TJ Smith Stakes at The Everest track / distance beaten home only by Trapeze Artist (1st) and Redzel (2nd). These are the country’s benchmark sprinters and she’s right up there with them. Racing For: TABCORP. The Everest Odds: $11
Redzel (Peter & Paul Snowden): The reigning The Everest winner Redzel is confirmed for a title defence having been snapped up by Yulong Investments who finished second last in the race with She Will Reign in 2017. Redzel was beaten home by Trapeze Artist at The Everest track / distance by two lengths in the TJ Smith Stakes and is now the second favourite in futures The Everest odds to turn the tables in the spring. He has his campaign grand final in the Doomben 10,000 in Brisbane on May 12 before recharging ahead of a second shot at the world’s richest race on turf: Racing For: Yulong Investments. The Everest Odds: $7
Brave Smash (Darren Weir): Weir’s Japanese import is the most lightly raced runner in the field and looks to improve on a runner-up placing in the Group 1 Moir Stakes at The Valley a fortnight ago. Brave Smash ran the third-fastest final furlong of the race behind Spright and eventual winner Viddora, who also features in Saturday’s field. Jockey Hugh Bowman will be hoping to improve on his third placing in last year’s Everest behind Redzel and Vega Magic. The Everest Odds: $13
Shoals (Anthony Freedman): Has won three Group 1’s dating back to this time last year, but none against the boys. Still ran on strongly during the Group 1 Premiere Stakes at Randwick though, and is proven at this distance with four wins under her belt. The Everest Odds: $7.50
US Navy Flag (Aidan O’Brien): As the odds suggest, this British import of O’Brien’s a bit of an unknown, even with a Group 1 win under his belt. Will take something pretty special for US Navy Flag to win first-up in his Australian debut, but could be competitive on the heavy ground. The Everest Odds: $8.50
Santa Ana Lane (Anthony Freedman): The second of Freedman’s two chances is Santa Ana Lane, perhaps the most impressive after developing into a serious weight-for-age contender over the last year. The three-time Group 1 winner was a class above during the Group 2 Premiere Stakes at Randwick, beating home Shoals, In Her Time, Trapeze Artist and Redzel in a time of 1:07.45. The six-year old’s turn of foot is devastating down the straight and he certainly has the gears to win should he draw a gate. The Everest Odds: $8
Home Of The Brave (James Cummings): SCRATCHED The Everest Odds: TBD
Viddora (Lloyd Kennewell): Can the six-year old mare make it two-from-two after winning the Group 1 Moir Stakes at The Valley a fortnight ago? The sticky ground poses a few challenges, but Viddora’s dazzling turn of foot in the Moir to beat home Brave Smash by 1.25 lengths makes her a serious chance. The Everest Odds: $15
Le Romain (Kris Lees): Hardly a popular pick in betting, but with three Group 1 wins to his name, this six-year old needs to be taken seriously. Ran second in the Geo Main Stakes at Randwick on September 15, and with a proven record in the wet, these are handy odds. The Everest Odds: $21
Vega Magic (David & B Hayes): Finished second in this race a year ago behind Redzel, and despite winning the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes back in July, there wasn’t a lot we could take away from the six-year old’s disappointing fourth in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes last start. The five week break should have done some good though. The Everest Odds: $7
Graff (Kris Lees): Steps back in trip to 1200m after showing some signs of struggle in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) a fortnight ago. Graff has finished no worse than third in his five career starts though, and as the first three-year old to run in The Everest, the colt out of Star Witness should be a second-line favourite if he draws a handy gate. The Everest Odds: $16
Osbourne Bulls (James Cummings): Osbourne Bulls gained a start in The Everest Field after the scratching of Home Of The Brave. The five year old gelding by Street Cry has won 8 of his 12 career stars, missing the placings only once which was his last start 5th in the Group One Sir Rupert Clarke over 1400m. He is a very consistent galloper and he gets back to his ideal distance. The Everest Odds: $17
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||11x2124x15||REDZEL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||1||58.5kg||118|
|2||x6x0311x51||SANTA ANA LANE||Anthony Freedman||Ben Melham||9||58.5kg||116|
|3||x74232x172||LE ROMAIN||Kris Lees||Glyn Schofield||11||58.5kg||115|
|4||0x14311x34||TRAPEZE ARTIST||Gerald Ryan||Tye Angland||6||58.5kg||115|
|5||11257x8x14||VEGA MAGIC||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damien Oliver||7||58.5kg||115|
|6||531270×332||BRAVE SMASH (JPN)||Darren Weir||Hugh Bowman||4||58.5kg||112|
|8||110x45291x||U S NAVY FLAG (USA)||Aidan O’Brien||Ryan Moore||3||58kg||117|
|9||x112x139x3||IN HER TIME||Kris Lees||Corey Brown||8||56.5kg||114|
|10||21x81x1x32||SHOALS||Anthony Freedman||Tim Clark||2||56.5kg||114|
|11||x2411x20x1||VIDDORA||Lloyd Kennewell||Joe Bowditch||12||56.5kg||114|
|12||11×123||GRAFF||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||10||53kg||94|
|13e||3x385x666x||CLEARLY INNOCENT||Kris Lees||–||0||58.5kg||109|
|14e||272123×015||DOTHRAKI||Peter & Paul Snowden||–||0||58.5kg||108|
|15e||0081243697||JUNGLE EDGE||Mick Bell||–||0||58.5kg||108|
|17e||1x13121x15||OSBORNE BULLS||James Cummings||Tommy Berry||5||58.5kg||106|
The Everest Nominations
|No.||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||11x2124x15||REDZEL||G||6||Peter & Paul Snowden||1||58.5kg||118|
|2||110x45291x||U S NAVY FLAG (USA)||H||4||Aidan O’Brien||2||58kg||117|
|3||x6x0311x51||SANTA ANA LANE||G||6||Anthony Freedman||3||58.5kg||116|
|4||x74232x172||LE ROMAIN||G||6||Kris Lees||4=||58.5kg||115|
|5||0x14311x34||TRAPEZE ARTIST||H||4||Gerald Ryan||4=||58.5kg||115|
|6||11257x8x14||VEGA MAGIC||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||4=||58.5kg||115|
|7||x112x139x3||IN HER TIME||M||6||Kris Lees||7=||56.5kg||114|
|10||531270×332||BRAVE SMASH (JPN)||H||6||Darren Weir||10||58.5kg||112|
|11||1x1230x214||HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE)||G||7||James Cummings||11||58.5kg||111|
The Everest drew a bumper lineup of 12 hopefuls, including race-favourite Redzel, as well as Lloyd Kennewell’s Group 1 Moir Stakes winner Viddora. Kris Lees’ Graff is the sole three-year old taking on the mixed field hoping to improve on a third placing in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes earlier in September.
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. 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.
2018 The Everest Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider The Everest 2018 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 $13 million Sydney race feature.
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 $13 million event.
2018 The Everest Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive The Everest 2018 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 Darley 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 Darley Classic in November making a nice betting double with the lucrative Restricted race.
2018 The Everest Results
The Everest 2018 race results and full finishing order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 13, 2018 .
The Everest Winners
|2018||REDZEL||TRAPEZE ARTIST||OSBORNE BULLS|
|2017||REDZEL||VEGA MAGIC||BRAVE SMASH|