Not Everyone Happy About Scheduling of The Everest

It is only a few more days until The Everest and anticipation of the world’s richest turf race is starting to creep into our daily routine.

The decision by Racing NSW to stage a Group 1 race on a subscription basis is somewhat puzzling, but it is clear that they took a page from the book of the U.S., which January last successfully ran The Pegasus World Cup under the same format, where owners and operators purchase starting slots.

What makes the race interesting is that the odds span for the 12-horse field is relatively narrow, ranging from $5.50 on the low end to $61.00 at the high end.

She Will Reign and Vega Magic are the current favourites at $5.50 on the website of Neds, the most recent Australian online bookmaker to join the war for punter dollars.

Ladbrokes paints a slightly different picture. She Will Reign is still at the top, but Ladbrokes has her quoted at $4.60. Vega magic is listed at $6.00, the same as Chautauqua. It pays to shop, then doesn’t it? In this case, at least.

The Everest has some critics who decry the timing of The Everest, claiming that it was scheduled for October 14 to divert attention from Group 1 races at the Melbourne spring carnival, a charge Racing NSW officials vehemently deny. It is anyone’s guess where The Everest critics are located, say we, tongues firmly planted in cheeks.

Other critics decry The Everest as being an egalitarian event catering to the top one percent, but thoroughbred racing is often called the Sport of Kings for a reason.

Given what we have seen in the past, The Everest can at least lay claim to fielding 12 horses that could win. Paying $600,000 for a three-year slot in the race tends to eliminate plodders entering to fill a field with hopes of picking up sixth-place money just to show a profit above entry fees.

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