The Everest at Caulfield Eclipses the Melbourne Cup Prizemoney
Please say it’s not so!
After four years of prize stagnation, where the Melbourne Cup remained just above the $6 million total prize money mark, Sydney and Royal Randwick have stolen a march on Melbourne and Flemington by announcing that a race in October of 2017 will claim the title of world’s richest turf race by staging The Everest in October, with a total prize package of $10 million.
That leaves the Melbourne Cup almost $4 million in arrears, and to make matters worse, competitors in The Everest will only have to cover 1200 metres.
The $10 million prizemoney will make The Everest the third richest race in the world, trailing only the $12 million of the Pegasus World Cup in Florida, which we hasten to add has only been run the one time, and the $10 million Dubai World Cup. Both of those races are held on dirt tracks.
The Everest will be run under weight-for-age conditions. Black Caviar, however, will not be coming out of retirement, as weight-for-age conditions might find her burdened with something in the neighbourhood of 150 kg.
Aussie horses have traveled the world to verify their credentials. Now the northern hemisphere horses will have the opportunity to prove their worth on Aussie turf.
Northern trainers are focusing on preparing their charges to run on the grass, as opposed to eating it.