The Everest at Randwick $10 Million Prizemoney Attracts Internationals
With approximately seven months until the inaugural running of The Everest, the Royal Randwick sprint that will usurp the Melbourne Cup’s long reign as the richest horse race in Australia, the huge prizemoney, $10 million, is attracting horses from around the world.
Signs of Blessing, a sprinter from France with Group 1 wins in France, would be a feather in the cap of Racing NSW and the ATC.
Trainer Francois Rohaut expressed interest in the race, for obvious reasons and Signs of Blessing is the first of the international horses to be aimed at The Everest.
Racing NSW and the ATC would like to, “Provide a stage for showcasing the best Australian sprinters against leading international contenders.”
Signs of Blessing won the Group 1 Prix Maurice De Gheest last year in France and also ran well to finish third in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at England’s Royal Ascot and fifth in the Hong Kong International Sprint.
At 1200 metres and run under weight-for-age conditions, about the only hurdle that European and North American trainers might find challenging is the long commute from their home stables to the Royal Randwick course.
Locally, She Will Reign found the going too slushy in the Reisling Stakes, but another contender in the Golden Slipper Stakes, Houtzen, found things to her liking at Eagle Farm.