Lost in Running put away a solid field at Rosehill on Saturday in the Listed Luskin Star Stakes with some ease and it was shortly after the O’Shea trained runner saw interest explode in his candidacy for the Everest.
John O’Shea boldly claimed that the $1.40 winner on Saturday was the best sprinter he’d ever trained and that the 4yo Gelding was already sought after by more than one Everest slot holder.
"I’ve got an offer on my desk,” O’Shea told Big Sports Breakfast Weekend radio yesterday.
“We haven’t gone through the nitty gritty of it but I’d like to get him locked away so we can concentrate on the preparation.
“The main chances at the top end of the market are mostly taken so I’d say we’ll do something this week.”
Despite not having won a Group Grade race as yet Lost and Running firmed from $21 to $13 for the $15m Everest.
Another runner also looking good for a starting spot in the Everest is the red hot Eduardo who won another Group 1 title in Queensland on the weekend when landing the Doomben 10,000 over 1200m.
His trainer Joe Pride is also thinking he’ll be in The Everest in the coming days.
“I’m in no panic about it but I think we might be able to get something done this week,” Pride said.
“He’s clearly one of, if not the best sprinter in Australia, maybe the world. He’s an exceptional sprinter.
“He’s the kind of guy you want in your corner. He’s a good athlete.”
Chris Waller trained Nature Strip sits as $4.60 favourite for the world's richest sprint race with Classique Legend and Masked Crusader on the second line of betting at $7.