The Everest and ATC Hope to Attract Worldwide Attention
Despite the fact that none of the major American broadcast networks saw fit to televise the Belmont Stakes, the third jewel in America’s Triple Crown, due to the lack of a potential Triple Crown winner and thus television audience apathy, there is a vibrant thoroughbred racing industry in the U.S.
Just how vibrant might be proven in the inaugural running of the $10 million The Everest at Royal Randwick this spring.
The Australian Turf Club has a barrier bought and paid for in the world’s rickets turf race and they are strenuously trying to persuade the connections of American filly Lady Aurelia to take part in the race.
Lady Aurelia is trained by Wesley Ward, who has a proven ability to win races in the international arena. He is a frequent participant in England, especially the Royal Ascot carnival, in which he has competed at various times over the past decade, so he is no stranger to turf. The duo took out the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot last year with a stunning seven-length victory.
Her next win the Group 1 Prix Morny in France was all it took to capture the title of European 2YO Filly of the Year.
A trainer with experience and a horse that apparently travels well seems like the sort of combination the ATC would like to feature for the first running of The Everest.
Lady Aurelia won the Giant’s Causeway Stakes in Kentucky when she started he campaign as a 3YO and she is currently in England awaiting the jump of the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Ascot next week, where she is the early favourite.
No American-trained galloper has run in a feature race in Australia, but The Everest is generating a lot of interest and there could be as many as three Northern Hemisphere sprinters in The Everest.
Coolmore’s Irish head trainer is also at Ascot to see if Caravaggio and Acapulco have potential for The Everest.