The Everest is a 1200 metre weight-for-age race for elite sprinters run as a joint venture between Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club. It is held on the second Saturday in October at Randwick racecourse, as the feature race of the Sydney Spring Carnival.
The TAB Everest was first run in 2017 and is billed as the world’s richest turf race with prizemoney of $10 million in 2017, $13 million in 2018 and $14 million in 2019. The race features 12 horses running for individuals or companies that have purchased slots for $600,000 each race for the next three years. Slotholders can race their own horse or contract with others to race in their slot. The prizemoney pool is to be fully-funded from subscribers and other revenue generated from the event.
The concept is based on the Pegasus World Cup in America that was first run in January 2017, and it is hoped to attract top class sprinters from Australia and overseas. It will be a unique Australian race as buyers can purchase a slot in it. A key lead-up race will probably be the TJ Smith Stakes, which is held over the same track and distance in the Autumn. Horses that run in The Everest may go on to contest the Golden Eagle over 1500m at Rosehill run two weeks later.
Last mare to win: none yet
Multiple winners: Redzel (2017 & 2018)
Fastest time (1200m): Yes Yes Yes (2019) 1:07:32
Interesting trivia: Redzel won the first two runnings of the race.
Past winners of The Everest
The race was run for the first time in 2017 and was won by Redzel who came back to win it again in 2018 where he led all the way. He tried again in 2019 but finished 8th behind Yes Yes Yes.
There are twelve runners plus six emergencies for the $13,000,000 The Everest. The betting is very open and the early favourite is 2017 winner Redzel who loves this track and distance and can handle heavy going. Second favourite is Vega Magic who ran 2nd last year and has 10 wins at this distance. Third favouritism is shared between Shoals who ran 2nd in the Premiere Stakes and Trapeze Artist who ran 4th.
US Navy Flag is the only overseas representative and has won three Group 1 races including the July Cup over this distance at his last start. Santa Ana Lane flew home to win the Premiere Stakes last outing and can handle all types of going. In Her Time was a close 3rd in that race. Brave Smash was 2nd in the Moir and has placed all 3 starts this campaign. All other runners are currently 16 to 1 or longer and the track conditions could play a major role in the outcome of the race.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.