As we bowl along towards the start of spring we see the highest racing talent return to the track to tune up and tweak before they attack the riches of spring. Two Everest hopefuls were out to impress before beginning there campaign towards the richest race on turf

Everest contenders line up in Warwick Farm Trial

Eduardo and Gytrash were both in action at Warwick Farm Racecourse on Tuesday and it was Group 1 winning Eduardo reminding trainers that he is very much a contender as he cruised round his trial.

Trained by Joe Pride, Eduardo went round easily in the trial with comeback jockey Robbie Dolan barely needing to work before putting pedal to the metal late and overpowering Marc Conners trained Nictock through the line. 

Gytrash was the other Everest hopeful in the race and looked unphased as jockey Damien Doyle took the Gordon Richards trained runner from second last on the turn to finishing 3 and ¾ lengths of Eduardo.

Both horses are rated as a $15 chance for the $15m Everest in October and sit behind Chris Waller trained Nature Strip in the market at $4.50.

Gytrash is already booked in for Inglis in the race however Eduardo is yet to find a slot with negotiations going on behind the scenes. 

Eduardo went to hard up in front for last year's race and finished in 11th spot. 

This year though trainer Joe Pride insists Eduardo is going as well as ever.

“His trial is what you would expect from a top sprinter like him,’’ Pride said.

“Anything less and I would be concerned.

“Robbie had a good hold on him, I didn’t want him breaking records this early in his preparation, so it was the perfect trial, just what I wanted to see.’’

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