Get excited horse lovers, Christmas has come earlier.
THE TAB EVEREST
After months of speculation, analysing of form, haggling between slot holders and horse owners, the $15million TAB Everest has finally arrived. While in Melbourne it’s one of the traditional days with the running of the Caulfield Cup at Caulfield.
But first-up, we’ll deal with the richest race on turf, the TABEverest.
The climb to the summit will be completed for one lucky group of owners and slot holders tomorrow just after 4:15pm at Royal Randwick.
A capacity field of 12 weight-for-age stars will line-up for only the fourth ever running of the Everest, arguably the most exciting race in Australia.
Betting has been underway for months, at one stage Nature Strip was the $2.60 favourite, he’s been way below his best this campaign and has blown dramatically in the market.
Classicque Legend has taken over favouritism after being a brilliant winner of The Shorts, before a gallant second last start beaten by the fast finishing and in-form Libertini from the Anthony Cummings yard.
The most intriguing runner is Eduardo, who’ll fill the miEverest slot. With over 2,000 owners buying into the slot, there will be one hell of a roar and party if Eduardo can land the prize.
Now trained by Joe Pride, Eduardo will go forward and is coming off two wins and a second in The Shorts behind Classique Legend. According to Joe “we haven’t come to make up the numbers, we’ve come to win” which is a bullish claim and one that is sure to please the miEverest group.
Eduardo at $21 appears well over the odds and capable of causing an upset.
In many ways it’s a shame that the Caulfield Cup is on the same day as the TABEverest, the argument which is justified is that it takes some gloss of such a time honoured event and the major lead-up to the Melbourne Cup.
A full field of eighteen needs to get around the tight Caulfield lay-out with punters putting their faith in the unseen European raider Anthony Van Dyck, who’s coming off a win in a Group 2 at Longchamp beating champion stayer Stradivarius….you have to take him on trust.
We have always had a massive opinion of Master of Wine, he’s efforts so far this preparation have been good without being spectacular. He’s had only one start over 2400 metres and won it. He’s trained by Team Hawkes, is drawn to get a good run from barrier seven and will be guided by the inform Craig Williams.
Good luck and enjoy one of the truly great days in Australian racing.
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