Race favourite I Wish I Win has copped a horror draw as the final field and barriers were confirmed for The Everest (1200m).
The Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman-trained star has a racing pattern that sees him settle towards the rear of the field and thunder down the heart of racetracks.
That plan copped a massive roadblock as The Everest favourite with online betting sites drawn the typically ideal barrier one.
Co-trainer Peter Moody had been on record leading into the barrier draw, emphasising that barrier one was the only barrier they wanted to avoid.
I Wish I Win drew barrier one in his only run of this campaign leading into The Everest six weeks ago in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m).
He would go on to finish third in the event, beaten by a half-length by Mr Brightside.
The tricky barrier draw sees I Wish I Win share favouritism at +320 with the Joe Pride-trained Think About It.
Think About It has drawn perfectly for the $20 million affair, drawing barrier five with Sam Clipperton booked to ride.
The up-and-coming sprinter will be hunting his ninth straight win on Saturday.
Bjorn Baker’s Overpass was arguably the biggest winner in Tuesday night’s barrier draw, with the natural front-runner drawn directly outside I Wish I Win in barrier two.
Once markets reopened for The Everest, Overpass went from a +1400 hope into +800
Having beaten arguably the country’s best horse in WA’s version of The Everest, The Quokka (1200m) earlier in the year, Overpass will be looking to add further sprinting success to an already impressive record.
Mazu (11) and In Secret (12) copped the two widest barriers and will need to overcome history to salute in The Everest.
Who will etch their name into Everest folklore?
The Everest 2023 Final Field