Three of Four Confirmed Runners in The Everest are Dubious
If our understanding is accurate, The Everest will be similar to the U.S.’s Pegasus World Cup, in that it will be a pay-to-play race.
The Everest has attracted worldwide interest, given the huge amount of money at stake-$AUD 10 million.
Those who pay the piper call the tune, it is said, but we still feel uncertainty over the inclusion of relatively inexperienced thoroughbreds that have gained admittance to The Everest of the strength of one prestigious win.
Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign is in the field, despite a resume that outside of the Slipper, is perilously thin. True, she is unbeaten, other than a second place in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes. A win or two at the top level before The Everest might change our opinion, but the fact remains that she is in based on the little she has done thus far and will run light due to her young age.
Much the same could be said about Magic Millions winner Houtzen. His credentials are even slimmer than are She Will Reign’s.
Chautauqua has a spot locked in and the 6YO bay gelding’s credentials are impeccable, but he may have to carry Houtzen on his back once the stewards are finished with him.
Fell Swoop, if our information is correct, is in the field for the inauguration of The Everest, but we cannot help wondering why. The 5YO bay gelding has won nothing of note, in fact the case could be made that his best results were a third in the Group 1 Darley Classic, a second in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes and a third in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes.
It is still some time before the final field is set, but we would like to see some criterion other than the ability to pay for a barrier applied to the field, lest Oracle software billionaire Elon Musk decides to pay for a slot and enter his leaky Team Oracle boat in the race.