|Date:||Saturday, October 13, 2018|
|Prize Money:||$10 Million|
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 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.
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.
Remarkably Australia’s gutsy sprinter Redzel has won the opening two incarnations of the Everest for Peter and Paul Snowden, to create a unique piece of early history in the event.
2018 The Everest result
2017 The Everest result
2018 confirmed Everest runners
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
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 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
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.
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.
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
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
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 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
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
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
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.
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|