The barrier draw for the inaugural The Everest has been completed and the 12 runners vying for their shot at the $10 million prize have their spot in the field.
The Everest has been criticised for being a race between the major breeding barns, but at worst it’s going to provide punters with an exciting sprint race at Randwick this Saturday.
It hasn’t attracted any international attention which is a shame, but Australia’s best sprinters will take to the track and it’s going to be one of the most popular betting races throughout the Sydney spring carnival.
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2017 The Everest final field, barrier draw and odds
Our Best Bets for The Everest 2017
She Will Reign @ $4.80 – BET NOW
($5.50 Boosted with Sportsbet)
Best Each Way Bet:
Redzel @ $7.50 – BET NOW
($8.50 Boosted at Sportsbet)
Brave Smash @ $31 – BET NOW
($51 Boosted at Sportsbet)
The Everest form guide and tips
Chautauqua ($6) – BET NOW
The seven-year-old hasn’t quite been on his game this season after finishing seventh in The Shorts before running only fairly in the Premiere Stakes for second.
The Hawkes-trained gelding is a champion sprinter that shouldn’t be underrated. He has won over $8.3 million in stake money and three of his 13 career wins have come at his third start of the campaign.
There is some rain forecast throughout the week in Sydney, but that shouldn’t worry Chautauqua which has three wins from 10 starts on rain-affected ground.
He’s the current second favourite at $6 which doesn’t come as a surprise as he has a cult following and he has been set for this race.
We can’t have Chautauqua in our top selections, but he’s too good to leave out of trifecta and first four calculations.
Vega Magic ($5.00) – BET NOW
Vega Magic has been one of the most exciting thoroughbreds in Victoria this season, but its chances haven’t been increased by drawing barrier 10.
The Lindsay Park-trained five-year-old came over from Perth with good sprinting credentials and he hasn’t suffered a defeat since changing stables.
He won the Group 1 Goodwood in Adelaide by just under a length and he has since won the Regal Roller Stakes and the Group 1 Memsie Stakes since.
His win in the Memsie came by 1.8 lengths and that showed its true ability. The win over 1400m suggests he can stretch out in distances, but dropping back to the 1200m won’t worry it this Saturday.
Where he settles in the field from the wide draw is the concern, so expect the jockey to play for luck in the early stages.
Redzel (Best Each Way Bet – $7.50) – BET NOW
Redzel is a quality on-pace runner which has the ability to sit on the pace and kick strongly.
The five-year-old has won his last four races and he’s turned from a consistent runner to a professional winner.
His win last start in The Shorts was full of class as he sat just off the speed in second and kicked clear near the line.
His excellent form stretches back to the Brisbane winter carnival when he won the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 and since that day he’s been one of the most underrated sprinters in Australia.
He’s not a flashy type and he doesn’t have a cult following like some of his opposition here, but he’s as tough as nails and he will surely be in the finish at nice odds of $7.
Redkirk Warrior ($8.50) – BET NOW
Imported runner Redkirk Warrior scored a massive win in the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality last start and it has superior sprinting credentials to most of these, but there are some worries.
The Lindsay Park-trained seven-year-old is about the only runner in the field to not handle wet track conditions and although it’s not meant to pour down during the week, there is frequent showers expected.
The news got better on Tuesday when he received barrier 3 which will allow him to find a nice spot in running, but we believe he’s better going left handed and this race just doesn’t line up well for him.
Clearly Innocent ($13) – BET NOW
Six-year-old gelding Clearly Innocent is an interesting runner in this field and he’s capable of taking out The Everest.
The winner of nine from 17 starts returned to the track when running third in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes at Randwick last month and connections believed he only needed the one run in preparation.
He was going to come into the race fresh up, but his form second-up is much better and we think that was a wise decision from the team.
His turn-of-foot always makes him a winning chance, but there are some special thoroughbreds in this race and he might be a touch below them.
Deploy ($10) – BET NOW
Deploy has won half of his 16 career starts with another six placings included.
The consistent five-year-old hasn’t run a bad race in its life, but he also hasn’t faced a field of this quality.
He won the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes last start, but that field was depleted of group one talent and having not had any experience against the top liners could come back to bite him.
He’s a winning chance, but the $11 is far too short to suggest backing and punters will likely get a better price on the day.
Fell Swoop ($61) – BET NOW
Punters should overlook Fell Swoop when making their Everest selections.
The only reason he’s in the field is because slot holder Inglis wanted one of their sales progeny in the field.
He’s out of form and that $51 should read $501 as he has little chance of getting close to them.
Brave Smash (Best Roughie – $31)- BET NOW
Punters have fallen out of favour for this runner after his last start defeat, but he’s well worth a bet in The Everest.
The Japanese import for Darren Weir finished second at Caulfield at its first Australian start and there was plenty to like about that performance.
He was slow to begin before making significant ground late and after a three-week spell he was back at Moonee Valley where he scored a narrow, but classy win in the Chandler MacLeod Handicap.
He next started in the Testa Rossa Stakes at Caulfield as the $1.65 favourite, but was beaten by Bons Away close to the line. He didn’t have all favours in that run and only got clear late, so we are forgiving that effort.
It pays to follow the international form and he should be fitter now with three Australian runs under his belt.
English ($11) – BET NOW
They say English is only a good horse in the autumn and that saying could well be true.
While we’re not downplaying the quality second placing in the Premiere Stakes last start, the form of English has been disappointing since winning the Challenge Stakes in March.
The Waterhouse/Bott-trained mare just doesn’t well that well in the spring and her job has been made even harder by drawing wide in barrier 12.
The horror draw for the five-year-old all but ruins its chances of winning as it will now have to sit wide and do work throughout the race.
She doesn’t possess the same gate speed as the likes of Houtzen and Redzel, so they’ll likely have to drop to the tail of the field and her turn-of-foot isn’t good enough to make up the ground.
She Will Reign (Best Bet – $4.80)- BET NOW
She Will Reign is the best three-year-old of the bunch and we believe she has the best winning chance in this field.
The Gary Portelli-trained filly was a brilliant winner fresh up in the Group 1 Moir Stakes where she showed a superior turn-of-foot at Moonee Valley where they weren’t making ground from the back.
She defied the track bias which made that win even more impressive and with the lighter weight, she shouldn’t have lost any of that blistering pace here.
The Golden Slipper winner looks likely to continue her premier form and not every Slipper runner has the ability to come back as an older horse, but she has the x-factor and she won’t have to use much energy from a good barrier.
Houtzen ($26) – BET NOW
Houtzen has been an interesting runner to follow, but she does own some serious sprinting pace.
The three-year-old by I Am Invincible won the Magic Millions as a two-year-old, but the Magic Millions has never been a great form guide for future racing.
She finished third in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley when fresh up this campaign before winning at the same track against an inferior field.
Drawing barrier one couldn’t have been more ideal for the natural leader, but the last 200m will be the telling point.
We’re expecting a solid effort, but a win seems unlikely.
Tulip ($61) – BET NOW
A win from Tulip would certainly be a surprise.
The three-year-old has some nice placings to its record which included a placing in the Golden Slipper and a fourth in the Blue Diamond Stakes, but this is another kettle of fish.
This appears to be a throw at the stumps by the slot holder and a finish in the first half of the field would be a success.
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