Barrier Draw for The Everest Ignites Racing Trolls

The barrier draw for the 2018 edition of The Everest has come and gone with little permanent impact, yet some would have you believe that the Sydney Opera House has been permanently desecrated.

Some of the detractors might have been expressing malcontent over The Everest attempting to steal the limelight from the Melbourne Cup, but there has always been, will always be, and should be a healthy rivalry between the states of New South Wales and Victoria, so everyone should take a deep breath and remember to live their lives.

A glance at the draw seems to make us conclude that the stewards give Hugh Bowman his choice of barriers, as he always seems to be in the right slot and with Brave Smash beneath him, currently at $13.00 on Ladbrokes, about the only thing he could do to enhance his chances is to ring in Winx.

Redzel has drawn the rail, after starting from the fourth barrier last year. The Snowdens’ six-year-old gelding is one of the three co-favourites at $7.00.

The equal-priced Trapeze Artist will jump from the sixth slot, so that is okay and the third $7.00 horse; Vega Magic is one spot over from Trapeze Artist in the seventh barrier.

If there were any such thing as a sure bet for any horse race, other than one where Winx is running, The Everest has Shoals, Anthony Freedman’s young mare. She has an impressive win/place strike rate of 92 percent in 12 starts. She currently has $7.50 for the win and $2.90 for the place.

Kris Lees’ Graff has the 10th barrier and a weight advantage to go along with a $17.00 quote. On the surface, it would seem as though the three-year-old colt lacks the experience to be in The Everest.

Sentiment steers some toward Le Romain, but the 11th barrier and a heavy track might prove difficult to overcome, although the six-year-old does seem to do all right with soft or heavy tracks, such as are expected for Randwick on Saturday.

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