The Everest

The Everest
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Location: Randwick Racecourse
Prize Money: $10 Million
Distance: 1,200m

THE Everest is a new initiative from Racing NSW where 12 owners put up $600,000 each to make a prize pool worth $10 million. It will be run for the first time on October 14, 2017.

Held over 1200m at Randwick in October, The Everest was created in the hope of attracting international attention that would rival the success of the Melbourne spring carnival.

Due to the $10 million purse, The Everest is now the richest race in Australia, taking over from the Melbourne Cup, and also the richest race in the world ran on turf.

It’s yet to be seen if The Everest can scale the heights of Australian racing, but it should be an exciting and interesting betting contest.

2017 The Everest result


1stRedzel ($8.50)
2ndVega Magic ($4.80 SP)
3rdBrave Smash ($19 SP)

2018 confirmed Everest runners

  • Tim Clark is set to reunite with gun galloper Shoals.
    Shoals has made a habit of exceeding punters’ expectations, but can the gun be competitive in the world’s richest turf race? Shoals is at $18 to win The Everest
    • In Her Time
      In Her Time holds the TAB’s slot in the Everest.
      The Galaxy winner In Her Time has been competitive in three of its four G1 events. Can the Ben Smith runner deliver in what would be her biggest race to date? In Her Time is at $12 to win The Everest
    • Santa Ana Lane has multiple Group 1 titles (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)
      Santa Ana Lane has delivered in three of his last four Group 1 races and makes it his business perform in the big events. Can the gelding do it on the world stage? Santa Ana Lane is at $12 to win The Everest
    • Nature Strip is the boom runner of 2018. (Ross Holburt/Racing Photos)
      Nature Strip has been the must-watch runner of the Melbourne spring and the ATC have all but assured his place in the 2018 Everest. Make sure you’re watching. Nature Strip is $6.50 to win The Everest
    • Invincible Star was one of the earliest confirmed runners. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)
      Invincible Star was one of the first runners confirmed for The Everest, and while the horse only has two career wins, it has won a third of its starts. Invincible Star is at $18 to win The Everest
    • Trapeze Artist wins at Canberra
      Trapeze Artist is the early Everest favourite. (Bradley Photos)
      After opening as the early favourite, Trapeze Artist sits on the second line of betting. The horse returned in decent fashion and looks primed for a big run in The Everest. Trapeze Artist is at $5.50 to win The Everest
    • Redzel is the favourite to defend his Everest crown.
      Red-hot runner Redzel was a shock winner of the first Everest – despite being tipped by us – but the gelding won’t get those odds heading into the second running. Redzel will be hard to beat. Redzel is at $4.50 to win The Everest
    • Vega Magic will be looking to go one better after a second placed finish.
      Star sprinter Vega Magic is always a chance in any short course race and the Lindsay Park gelding looks to have resumed this preparation in sensational shape. Vega Magic is at $6.50 to win The Everest
    • Aidan OBrien
      Aidan O’Brien takes US Navy Flag into this year’s Everest.
      Aidan O’Brien created history in 2018 by taking US Navy Flag into the race. This is the first time an overseas competitor has flown over for the race and the market expects the horse to be competitive. US Navy Flag is at $12 to win The Everest
    • It’s going to take a career-best effort for English to win The Everest.
      Waterhouse and Bott runner has been competitive over the course of her career but could be outclassed here. Still, you have to be in it to win it and the Doomben 10000 winner has toppled Redzel before, why not here? English is at $18 to win The Everest
    • Brave Smash will take Chris Waller’s spot in The Everest. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)
      The Darren Weir-trained Brave Smash occupies Chris Waller’s spot in The Everest. Last year’s third placed runner has won and placed in G1 sprints since the Everest and there’s every chance he can deliver in the big one. Brave Smash is at $21 to win The Everest
    • Max Whitby (Everest Racing Pty Ltd) is yet to confirm which runner will take its slot in The Everest. Horse Betting will update you as soon as the slot is confirmed.

    The Everest bookmakers

    Most bookmakers will have framed a prospect market for The Everest. Seeing as owners can sell their slots in the race, it’s hard to frame a definitive fixed odds market, but punters can still place an all-in bet months in advance.

    The bookmakers listed below have either released markets and exotic markets, or will in the coming months.


    How to bet on The Everest

    Unlike other races where horses earn the right to take part in a race due to performances, The Everest has a slightly different format.

    There are 12 “slots” for the Everest, each of which are sold for $600,000. The owner of the slot then has the option to put their selected runner in the event, on-sell that position or lease the slot. The inaugural winner of the race in 2017 was Redzel, who ran in James Harron’s slot. The owners of Redzel struck a deal with Harron to have the gelding run in the race.

    This can make futures bets on the Everest somewhat tricky, but the slot holders will usually be vocal about the horses they have earmarked for their slot. Keep an eye on the news before making your future bets, but once your favourite runner is confirmed feel free to place your bets.

    Previous winners of The Everest

    Year The Everest Past Winner
    2017 Redzel

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