Barrier Trials for Horses in The Everest Supply Trainer Optimism
They were running barrier trials at Randwick on Monday, with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott being the brains behind nine winners, but it was English, the stable’s slotted horse for The Everest that gave the training duo the most pleasure, even though their young filly ran fourth in the 1050 m test.
But for the lack of another 150 m, the trial looked like a preview of the world’s richest turf race, which will be held at Royal Randwick on October 14.
The Snowden’s brought Redzel and Russian Revolution out for a gallop and those two ran one and two in the rehearsal. Le Romain was in attendance also, and a fifth place finish did not seem overly concerning to trainer Kris Lees, since Le Romain has the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes to his credit, where the five-year-old bay gelding by Hard Spun beat Chautauqua and Hauraki with a strong finish. Le Romain posted a second in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill March past, beating Chautauqua once again, but it should be noted that Le Romain was watching Winx win by over seven lengths, thanks to her being Winx and enjoying a two-kilogram weight advantage.
Le Romain is still looking to secure a start in The Everest.
Another horse that will run The Everest, Houtzen, took a win in a trial at Gold Coast, so Toby Edmonds charge is looking fit and ready. Edmonds plans to resume Houtzen in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley on September 9.
Waterhouse and Bott were satisfied with the run by English. Afterward, Waterhouse told reporters, “I thought it was a lovely trial by English. I chose to trial her over a longer trip, the 1050m rather than 740m, as I wanted to get her into a nice rhythm. She needs the ‘miles’ in her legs for The Shorts and Premiere Stakes to have her ready for The Everest.’’