English Joins Field for The Everest 2018 Edition
The Adrian Bott – Gai Waterhouse prepared English is the sixth horse to join the field for The Everest in October of 2016.
The famous training duo has managed the five-year-old mare’s career quite admirably, bringing in just under $3.5 million in prizemoney from 26 starts, including Group 1 wins in the All Aged Stakes in autumn of 2016 and most recently, the Doomben 10,000. She has beaten some of the others that will line up with her in The Everest, but at other times, those others have beaten her, so she is a tough nut to crack.
Before heading off for a spell, English ran fourth to Impending in the Group 1 Altus Traffic Kingsford-Smith Cup, losing also to Le Romain, but she beat those two in the Doomben 10,000.
More or less the same can be said of the other runners confirmed for The Everest, Trapeze Artist, Redzel, Brave Smash, In Her Time and Shoals.
English will run in the slot belonging to Jadeskye Racing on behalf of Damion Flower. Flower had been looking overseas for his runner, but after watching English horses at Royal Ascot, the idea blossomed that the domestic English was the one for him.
“I was going to sit back and wait but was contacted by Newhaven’s Charles Kelly last Monday and he put a really strong case forward to me,” Flower said. “She’s had a few little issues like every horse but we all know she’s a brilliant mare – a prized possession. If she goes through a sale tomorrow, she makes millions. She’s a quality mare getting better with age and can win a Group I weight-for-age sprint any day of the week.”
Flower hopes to do better than last year, when he gave his Everest slot to Clearly Innocent, but that gelding by Not A Single Doubt was clearly outclassed by seven horses that finished ahead of him in the first running of The Everest.
English would seem to offer better chances, but it will come down to which English turns up on the day.