Field Full for First Three Years of The Everest
“If you build it, they will come,” went the iconic line from the film Field of Dreams.
It would seem apropos to describe the reception of The Everest, the new Sydney thoroughbred race set to become Australia’s richest race at the expense of the Melbourne Cup.
Staying races are becoming something of a vanishing breed, as our attention span challenged lifestyles dictate our unwillingness to wait three minutes to learn the outcome of a horse race.
Even the middle distance and mile horses will be shut out of The Everest, as it will be only 1200 metres under weight-for-age conditions at Royal Randwick.
Having the race at that distance will likely mean that it is too short for Winx, but the field of 12 that paid $1.8 million each for a slot in the barrier for the coming three races are probably relieved that Chris Waller’s unbeatable mare will not be pilfering the prizemoney.
The Everest will be run on October 14, the week ahead of the Caulfield Cup and two weeks before the Cox Plate.
She Will Reign and Chautauqua will in all probability be in the race and perhaps Magic Millions winner Houtzen.
Confirmed or otherwise, many horses neighed a sigh of relief that Black Caviar will not come out of retirement. Even at the advanced age of 10, she probably would have no trouble with the current lot.
Now, all The Everest needs is an appropriate slogan, but The Race That Stops a Nation is in use.