All eyes were on the returning champion of 2020, Classique Legend, who currently sits as favourite for the race at $4.20 and remained market leader after drawing barrier 5.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Les Bridge runner goes in the race as he’ll be going into the event first up and hasn’t been seen on the track since failing to fire in Hong Kong in December. Classique Legend is set to be partnered by Kerrin McEvoy.
Second favourite in betting is Chris Waller trained Nature Strip who is contesting his third Everest. If it is to be third time lucky for Nature Strip he’ll have to overcome the wide mark after drawing gate 10.
There was little movement in the market for third favourite Masked Crusader after he drew barrier 9, nor Joe Pride trained Eduardo who drew just inside at barrier 8 and remained solid in the market at $8.
The only horse to tighten after the draw was South Australian Gytrash who firmed from $9 to $8 after gaining a great draw in barrier 1.
The final two runners were also confirmed just before the draw with Trekking and Embracer both added to the final 12 runner field. Both were able to find favourable draws with the pair gaining gates 3 and 4 respectively.
Four emergencies were nominated for the race with James Cummings trained Kementari, Team Snowden’s Signoire Fox, Standout for Gerald Ryan and Chat for John Thompson all eagerly awaiting a call up for The Everest.