The Everest

The Everest

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Location: Randwick Racecourse
Prize Money: $15,000,000
Distance: 1200m

The Everest will be run and won for the fifth time on October 16 and has continued to go from strength-to-strength in its short history. The field for The Everest is decided by the 12 slot owners who purchase a slot for $600,000, adding extra excitement in the weeks and months leading up to the race. It was 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. With a $15 million purse, it is now the richest race in Australia – taking over from the Melbourne Cup – and also the richest turf race in the world.

Remarkably, Australia’s gutsy sprinter Redzel won the opening two editions of The Everest for father-son training duo Peter and Paul Snowden, while jockey Kerrin McEvoy was lucky enough to ride the gelding in both years, creating a unique piece of early history in the event.

Chris Waller’s three-year-old colt Yes Yes Yes won the race in 2019, adding yet another trophy to Glen Boss’ mantelpiece.

It didn’t take long for McEvoy to get back into the winner’s stall in The Everest, saluting on Classique Legend in 2020. That victory gave McEvoy his third winner in four runnings of the race.

The Everest 2021 betting odds

Classique Legend
Can Classique Legend follow in Redzel’s shadow and claim consecutive wins in The Everest?

The market highlights how much quality there will be in the 2021 edition, with last year’s winner Classique Legend the current $4 favourite after two impressive trial wins.

Could it be third time lucky for Nature Strip? The enigmatic sprinter has been faultless in his two runs this preparation, despite being beaten by Eduardo in The Shorts, but after a brilliant track gallop last Wednesday at Rosehill, bookmakers and punters alike expect the chestnut to be the main danger to the big grey, marking Nature Strip as the $4.80 second favourite, ahead of Masked Crusader at $6.50 and Eduardo at $8.

Gytrash ($11), Home Affairs ($13), Libertini ($16) and Lost And Running ($16) round out the top eight in the market, while Moir Stakes quinella, Wild Ruler and The Inferno sit at $21 each.

Godolphin have chosen Trekking to race for them, with the gelding rated $21 in his third attempt in the $15 million race.

The final slot is that of Kennedy Racing, who were left slot-less after Rothfire was ruled out after his disappointing run in the Premiere Stakes on October 2.

Kennedy has elected to run Embracer ($51) for the Waterhouse & Bott stable after his eye-catching third to Masked Crusader in the Premiere Stakes two weeks ago.

The complete field has now taken place as we are just four days out from the 1200m event, with the barrier draw finalised on Tuesday morning.

The Everest bookmakers

Most online 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 released markets for The Everest.

United States Sport Table

Sport Table

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.

Compared to traditional all-in markets, betting on The Everest offers something of a free hit for punters, with all bets refunded on horses who don’t get offered a slot. It is well advertised in the months leading up to The Everest as to which runners have secured a slot, which is great for punters who are shopping for a bit of extra value.

2021 Everest slot holders and field

  • Slot Holder: Tabcorp – Lost And Running

    Star sprinter Lost And Running
    John O’Shea’s lightly raced five-year-old has won six of his eight career starts, but he disappointed when running last in The Shorts first-up this campaign. Lost And Running is a $16 chance in The Everest.

    Slot Holder: Chris Waller – Nature Strip

    Nature Strip

    Nature Strip stamped his claim on The Everest with an emphatic first-up victory in the Concorde Stakes, but Eduardo dealt Chris Waller’s star sprinter a narrow defeat in The Shorts. Nature Strip is a $4.80 second favourite.

    Slot Holder: Inglis – Gytrash

    SA star Gytrash
    Gytrash ran third in The Everest in 2020. (George Salpigtidis/Racing Photos)

    After running third in last year’s race, Inglis have elected to stick with Gytrash in his bid to be promoted up the podium in 2020. Gytrash ran an unlucky third when first-up and is rated a $11 chance for the October feature.

    Slot Holder: Max Whitby – Masked Crusader

    Masked Crusader
    Masked Crusader wins the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

    Masked Crusader won the Group 1 William Reid Stakes in March before going on to finish second to Nature Strip in the TJ Smith Stakes. Having run a solid fifth in The Shorts, Masked Crusader is one of the more favoured runners in The Everest this year at $6.50.

    Slot Holder: Bon Ho – Classique Legend

    Classique Legend
    Can Classique Legend go back-to-back in The Everest?

    Attempting to go back-to-back like Redzel did in 2017 and 2018, Classique Legend looks to be right on track after two trial victories in September. The reigning champion is the $4 favourite at the time of writing.

    Slot Holder: The Star & Arrowfield – Eduardo

    Eduardo
    Eduardo takes Group 1 honours in The Galaxy. (Steve Hart)

    Although an eight-year-old, Eduardo is in the form of his life. Having claimed two Group 1 victories during the autumn in The Galaxy and Doomben 10,000, he resumed with a tough victory over Nature Strip in The Shorts. Eduardo is the fourth-favourite at $8.

    Slot Holder: James Harron – The Inferno

    Inferno

    The Inferno earnt his spot in The Everest after running a narrow second in the Moir Stakes on September 24 at Moonee Valley. The five-year-old gelding won five Listed races in Singapore and has since won a Group 2 – the McEwen Stakes – in his second Australian start. The Inferno is a $21 chance.

    Slot Holder: Aquis Farm – Libertini

    Libertini
    Classy mare Libertini will have another crack at The Everest in 2021.

    After starting close to favourite in last year’s running, Libertini will be looking to go into the race first-up due to her fantastic fresh record. The Group 2 winner is the only mare who has secured a slot so far. She is also a $16 chance.

    Slot Holder: Yulong Investments – Wild Ruler

    Wild Ruler
    Wild Ruler is an outside chance in The Everest betting for 2021.

    Wild Ruler picked up the Yulong Investments slot after winning his maiden Group 1 in the Moir Stakes. Trained by two-time Everest winners Peter & Paul Snowden, the four-year-old entire is a $21 chance.

    Slot Holder: Coolmore – Home Affairs

    Home Affairs
    Global powerhouse Coolmore have chosen their exciting three-year-old colt, Home Affairs, to fly the flag in The Everest.

    Trained by Chris Waller, Home Affairs will be looking to replicate Yes Yes Yes’ feats in 2019 by winning the race as a three-year-old.

    Home Affairs is a $13 chance in The Everest.

    Slot Holder: James Kennedy – Embracer

    Somewhat of a left field pick was Embracer, but after Kennedy lost Rothfire due to a setback, he was left with not many other options. The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained gelding has placed in his past three starts, but is the $51 outsider of the field.

    Slot Holder: Godolphin – Trekking

    Trekking

    The boys in blue have elected to run Trekking in their slot for this year’s running, with the proven Group 1 performer set to make his third appearance in the race after running third in 2019 and fourth in 2020. The seven-year-old is a $21 chance with online bookmakers.

2020 Everest slot holders and field

  • dollar for dollar
    Dollar for Dollar was the final entry into The Everest.

    The last minute entry into the The Everest after Farnan was withdrawn, Dollar for Dollar is the rank outsider of the field and is not expected to be fighting out the finish. Dollar for Dollar is at $71 to win The Everest

    • Classique Legend
      Kerrin McEvoy will look to claim his third Everest on Classique Legend.

      The Shorts winner was the best of the beaten brigade in the Premiere Stakes, and with Kerrin McEvoy on board, we expect Classique Legend to be up there when it matters most Classique Legend is $4.40 to win The Everest

    • Haut Brion Her
      The Chris Waller trained mare will look to give the star trainer consecutive victories in The Everest.

      The Chris Waller trained mare was only added to the field on Monday morning, but this looks like it may be a step too far for her. Haut Brion Her is at $23.00 to win The Everest

    • Santa Ana Lane
      Santa Ana Lane will look to turn back the clock in The Everest.

      The former superstar of Australian sprint races, is set for his third start in The Everest, but he looks a shadow of his former self, but his promising second up record could be an indicator that he is a knockout hope. Santa Ana Lane is $26.00 to win The Everest

    • Eduardo
      Eduardo has a new lease on life in Sydney.

      The ex-Victorian sprinter has a new lease on life in Sydney and is set for one of his biggest tasks to date. He may not have the class of other runners, but is as tough as old boots Eduardo is at $23.00 to win this year’s Everest.

    • Gytrash
      South Australian star Gytrash looks to be one of the key chances in The Everest.

      The one time favourite and Concorde Stakes winner enters The Everest after a dominant victory over Nature Strip in his only run this campaign six weeks ago, and if Gordon Richards has him primed for this assignment he looks extremly hard to go past. Gytrash is at $6.00 to win The Everest

    • Libertini
      Libertini defeated the top two in the market in the Premiere Stakes.

      The Premiere Stakes winner was impressive last time out when defeating Nature Strip and Classique Legend convincingly at Randwick, and has the class to be fighting out the finish. Libertini is at $7.50 to win The Everest

    • Trekking
      Trekking will look to build on his impressive record.

      The Godolphin trained gelding will look to improved on his run in last year’s running of The Everest where he finished third, and if his first up run in the Moir Stakes is anything to go by, he looks set for a huge run in The Everest. Trekking is at $17.00 to win The Everest

    • Nature Strip
      Nature Strip will look to get back to his best in The Everest.

      On his day Nature Strip is up there in the conversation as the best sprinter in the world, but his first two runs this campaign have been well below par, with him not being able to settle. If he settles nicely in the run here, he may just stamp his claim as one of our best ever sprinters. Nature Strip is a $4.20 favourite to win The Everest

    • Behemoth
      Behemoth will be looking to add The Everest to his two Group 1 wins this campaign.

      One of the most in-form gallopers in the country, the South Australian superstar returns to Sydney for the first time since his run in the Golden Eagle last year where he finished fourth and is yet to run a place in Sydney. Behemoth is at $9.50 to win The Everest

    • Tofane
      Tofane will look to conquer The Everest for connections.

      The Mike Moroney trained mare looked to be good thing beaten in the Gilgai stakes second up, and returns to Randwick where earlier this year she took out the All Aged Stakes. Tofane is at $21 to win The Everest

    • Bivouac
      Bivouac is one of the youngest gallopers in the field.

      The 2019 Golden Rose winner, bypassed The Everest last year for a Melbourne campaign, but after a successful past 12 months, he looks set to pay a key part in the 2020 edition of The Everest Bivouac is at $18 to win The Everest.

    2019 Everest slot holders and field

    • Since running sixth in last year’s race, Santa Ana Lane has added two Group 1 victories to his name. Winning both the VRC Sprint Classic and TJ Smith, Santa Ana Lane will start equal favourite at $5.50.

    • Pierata will be looking to complete The Shorts and The Everest double after defeating Classique Legend by half a length last start. The victory sees Pierata rated a $7 chance in this.

    • After claiming the first two editions of The Everest, Redzel will be looking to get into Makybe Diva territory by winning three in a row. While his form has not been as good leading in this time, the reigning champ did win the Concorde Stakes two starts ago. Redzel is a $13 chance in The Everest.

    • Nature Strip has speed to burn as we saw last start in the Moir Stakes over 1000m, claiming his second Group 1 in his past four starts. While the 1200m is some query, punters are expecting him to run well at an each-way price. Nature Strip is $21 in The Everest.

    • Trekking won his maiden Group 1 in June in the Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane and has since won the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield, winning himself the MRC’s slot. Trekking is a $31 chance in The Everest.

    • After starting $2.25 in the Premiere Stakes and running third to Brutal, punters have jumped off the lightly raced grey here, with Classique Legend a noted drifter in betting. Classique Legend won three of his first four starts and is yet to miss the place in his career. Classique Legend is $18 to win this race.

    • While it was a failed attempt 12 months ago with US Navy Flag, Aidan O’Brien and Coolmore once again combine in The Everest, this time with Ten Sovereigns. Having started favourite in a Group 1 behind Battash in his most recent start, Ten Sovereigns looks to be one of the better-credentialled Irish sprinters to come to our shores. Ten Sovereigns is a $20 chance to win The Everest.

    • Alizee comes to The Everest on the back of a third in the Memsie Stakes behind Scales Of Justice and So Si Bon over 1400m. At her start prior, she did enough to justify her long odds-on quote in the Missile Stakes which essentially locked in her slot for Godolphin. Alizee is a $9 chance according to the market.

    • Sunlight was too good for Santa Ana Lane and Zoutori in the Gilgai Stakes last time out which puts her right in contention for The Everest. The speedy mare won back-to-back Group 1 races in the Autumn, beating last year’s third-placegetter Osbourne Bulls in the Newmarket Handicap. Sunlight is a $13 chance in The Everest.

    • In Her Time won The Galaxy back in March before failing as favourite in the Doomben 10,000 in May. The mare has had one lead-up run, finishing third in the Premiere Stakes behind Santa Ana Lane and Shoals. Kris Lees’ mare is a $13 chance in The Everest.

    • The Western Australian mare won the Group 1 Kingstown Town Stakes in Perth last December and has only had one run since, winning the Theo Marks Stakes by two lengths. Arcadia Queen has been highly touted in the lead-up to The Everest, so much so she is equal favourite at $5.

    • Three-year-old colt Yes Yes Yes will be hoping to go one better than his last two starts when second in both the Run To The Rose and Golden Rose against his own age. He is a promising youngster, winning three of his seven career starts to date. It is worth noting too that this is the first year that Chris Waller has run one of his own horses in his slot. Yes Yes Yes is $9 with bookmakers.

    2018 Everest slot holders and field

    • 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
        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

      • Osborne Bulls
        Craig Williams returns to the mounting yard on Osborne Bulls after winning the Lister Regal Roller Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse on August 18, 2018 in Caulfield, Australia. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

        After the scratching of stablemate Home Of The Brave, Godolphin quickly confirmed that up-and-coming speedster Osborne Bulls would take its place in The Everest.

      • Le Romain
        Le Romain rounded out The Everest field on Tuesday, October 3. (AAP)

        Replacing the scratched Waterhouse and Bott runner, Le Romain is the outsider of the field for The Everest, and we’re not expecting an upset for the Kris Lees runner. Le Romain is at $21 at BetEasy to win this year’s 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
        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

      • Viddora
        Multiple Group 1 winner Viddora is locked and loaded ahead of The Everest.

        Finally sanity prevails and Viddora gets its chance in The Everest. We’ve long been fans of this sprinter and we think the ceiling is sky-high. Finally the horse gets a chance to prove how good it is in the world’s richest turf race. Viddora is at $13 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

      • Graff’s place in The Everest was confirmed in the final week of Sepetember. (Bradley Photos)

        The Kris Lees-trained colt Graff has been sensational to start the career, winning three times and only narrowly missing out in the Run To The Rose and the Group 1 Golden Rose. Graff will carry 53kg in the WFA contest and will be highly competitive in this field. Graff is at the $15 quote to win the 2018 Everest via Ladbrokes.

      2017 Everest slot holders and field

      • After completing his third-straight victory in the TJ Smith Stakes in March, Chautauqua’s inclusion was a no brainer given his record at the Randwick 1200m course. The grey flash is a $6 chance with online bookmakers.

      • Starting her career unbeaten from four starts, Houtzen earnt her spot thanks to wins in the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic and Group 3 Champagne Stakes at Moonee Valley in 2017. Houtzen will start a $17 chance in The Everest.

      • Golden Slipper winner, She Will Reign, will start close to favourite in The Everest after a terrific win in the Moir Stakes. The two-time Group 1-winning filly is currently $5.50 to win the race.

      • Fell Swoop deserves his chance in the inaugural running of The Everest after placing in five Group 1 races already in his career without winning. Fell Swoop finished third in the TJ Smith in March, but has not hit that form so far this Spring, which sees him start as one of the outsiders of the field at $81.

      • Tulip finished third in the Golden Slipper behind She Will Reign earlier in the year and will fly the flag for Coolmore Stud. Given that the three-year-old’s most notable victory is a Group 3 against two-year-old fillies, bookmakers rate her a $51 chance here.

      • Redzel comes into The Everest chasing his fifth-straight win, after being successful in the Hall Mark Stakes, Doomben 10,000, Concorde Stakes and The Shorts, making it a perfect lead-up to The Everest. The Snowden galloper is a $9 chance to take it out.

      • Redkirk Warrior has won races in the UK and Hong Kong and is now a Group 1 winner here in Australia after dominating the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington back in March. That victory sees Redkirk Warrior start as one of the more fancied runners in the race at $11.

      • After winning the Group 2 Challenge Stakes in March and placing second to Chautauqua in the TJ Smith, Gai Waterhouse’s mare English will start an $11 chance in The Everest. Although having not won either of her two lead-up races, English was only narrowly defeated in the Premiere Stakes.

      • Despite owning the slot, Chris Waller has elected to have Gerald Ryan’s Deploy race for his slot. The five-year-old has won seven of his past nine starts and comes into The Everest chasing a hat-trick of wins, with his most recent being a four-length romp in the Theo Marks Stakes. Deploy is a $16 chance.

      • Japanese horse Brave Smash has had only three starts in Australia prior to The Everest, which has seen him finish runner-up twice and in the winner’s stall once in the Listed Macleod Stakes at The Valley. He comes into this as a $19 hope.

      • Vega Magic has won his past four starts, with two of those being at Group 1 level in the Goodwood Handicap and Memsie Stakes. Having won 12 of his 17 starts to date, Vega Magic will start the $4.80 favourite in the first edition of The Everest.

      • Clearly Innocent comes into this as a $13 hope after a couple of big runs which saw him take out the Group 1 Kingsford Smith Cup at Doomben, finish third in the Stradbroke Handicap and run third in the Premiere Stakes last time out.

      The Everest 2020 result


      1stClassique Legend ($4.20)
      2ndBivouac ($3.30p)
      3rdGytrash ($2.20p)

      Recent winners of The Everest

      • Having won the first two editions of The Everest, Kerrin McEvoy was back in the winner’s circle in 2020 aboard Classique Legend. Trained to the minute by Les Bridge, Classique Legend was heavily backed on the day, starting favourite and duly justifying the support. With a brutal tempo set by Eduardo, Classique Legend was able to get out with plenty of room in the straight and stormed right down the middle of the track to win comfortably, etching his name in the history books.
      • ‘Group 1 Bossy’ once again stood high in the irons after an emphatic victory in the third running of The Everest aboard three-year-old colt Yes Yes Yes. After running second in both the Run to the Rose and Golden Rose, Chris Waller opted to target The Everest for leviathan owner Brae Sokolski. Settling towards the rear of the field, Glen Boss eased his mount into clear air and let down quickly to win by half a length over the fast-finishing Santa Ana Lane and Trekking. This would ultimately be Yes Yes Yes’ last race before he embarked on a stallion career.
      • After winning the inaugural running of The Everest, Redzel went back-to-back in 2018 in all-the-way fashion once again. The son of Snitzel offered a big kick in the straight to win by 1.3 lengths in the Heavy 9 conditions after being rated to perfection by Kerrin McEvoy, who completed a terrific 12 months with two Everest victories and a Melbourne Cup. Trapeze Artist ran second and Osborne Bulls, who came down the outside running rail, ran third. Like Archer winning the first two Melbourne Cups in 1861 and 1862, Redzel will be remembered for ever in The Everest history books for replicating that feat in 2017 and 2018.
      • Kerrin McEvoy and Redzel were victorious in the first running of The Everest. Jumping from gate four, Redzel won the race at the start by springing out of the barriers and putting himself a length in front early. Queensland sprinter Houtzen used the inside alley to her advantage and booted up underneath Redzel to lead, but it would be the Snowden-trained galloper who got the upper hand in the straight. Western Australian sprinter Vega One charged home into second, while Brave Smash filled the placings.

      Previous winners of The Everest

      AJ Moir StakesPast Winners
      Year Horse Jockey Trainer
      2020 Classique Legend Kerrin McEvoy Les Bridge
      2019 Yes Yes Yes Glen Boss Chris Waller
      2018 Redzel Kerrin McEvoy Peter & Paul Snowden
      2017 Redzel Kerrin McEvoy Peter & Paul Snowden

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