The Everest Being Sued by Nepal for Trademark Rights
No one is permitted to write or comment about The Everest without including the phrase, “the world’s richest race on turf,” or something very similar. We would not think of committing such a sin against the ATC and Racing NSW, but we are claiming that our disclosure in the first sentence fulfills the requirement.
A prediction: watch out, Australia. London does not like to be upstaged, there is serious money in Hong Kong, and if the Yanks ever decide that having the world’s richest horse race, period, and feel a need to hold the turf distinction as well, The Everest’s claim may be short-lived. That is, of course, provided said Yanks can stop turning every blade into a golf course. The aristocracy of the United Arab Emirates is probably also involved as the Dubai World Cup is threatened with a loss in status. Those robes have deep pockets and they could quite easily decide to plant turf on their course and double the prize money of the Yanks’ Pegasus Stakes.
At any rate, October 14 at Randwick and the chase for $10 million is attracting the best sprinters from around the world, as the connections have decided that the prize offers compensation for the difficult logistics involved.
Another prediction: The smugness of the VRC and Racing Victoria of holding the title of world’s richest turf race has not vanished and they still hold the claim to, “The Race that Stops a Nation,” so, at this very moment and every moment between now and November 7, 2017, when the next Melbourne Cup jumps, Victorian movers and shakers will be turning punters upside down to collect the loose change that falls out of those punters’ pockets to boost the prize money pool for the Cup.
To the eternal credit of Racing NSW and the ATC, they have scheduled so as not to interfere with the NRL Grand Final or the Melbourne Cup.