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The Everest Tips - Who our experts are backing

  • Expert selections for The Everest
The TAB Everest Trophy (PA Images)

The Everest will be run for the third time at Randwick on Saturday and the Racingbase.com.au experts have made their verdicts on the big $14 million showpiece.

Redzel has won the previous two editions, but could he make it hat-trick? Will Santa Ana Lane justify the favourite's tag? Or could Ten Sovereigns win for the internationals?

Read who our experts are backing in the 2019 Everest.

Aaron Hamilton


Going with YES YES YES in what looks the toughest race of the year. Admittedly, I thought he may have been at juicier odds, but bookmakers are keeping him safe at $8.50. His first-up run in the Run To The Rose (1200m) rated extremely well and was only three lengths off the track record. He ran his final 600m three lengths quicker than Arcadia Queen did in the following event, and she is shorter in the market, while he also ran his final 200m four lengths quicker than her. Both horses were first-up from the Chris Waller yard, so, you would expect each has similar upside. She goes up half a kilo on that effort and Yes Yes Yes drops 4kg. Map is a tricky one and he does drop back from 1400m, but if he can hold a forward position with the light weight, he’ll be hard to beat.

Jackson Oldham


I fancy that ARCADIA QUEEN is a genuine superstar and if I'm right, I doubt we get $5.00 about her again. Although it was over 1800m, what she did in the Kingston Town gave me the impression that she is a genuine superstar, bolting in to record an overall figure of 11.1L above the Group One benchmark. She has two barrier trials leading into her first-up run in the Theo Marks (1300m) and was suited but still ran her last 600m 2.9L above the class benchmark with her overall figure proving very good. She has trialled since and looks trained to the minute for this. With only Pierata and Santa Ana Lane to her inside, she should get a cushy run and with even luck at the top of the straight, should be right in the finish. Santa Ana Lane needed the run first-up and was huge against Sunlight with the pattern/tempo against, he is right in the race, as is Alizee who could be the blow out at odds, I'm convinced her best trip is 1200m. 




Adam Cusworth


The Everest shapes as an absolute beauty and there are plenty of star studded contenders in action. I am going with the Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained mare SUNLIGHT to score a minor upset. The four-year-old is in the prime of her career and comes off a last start effort that saw her defeat one of the favourites for The Everest in Santa Ana Lane. That occurred at Flemington when she did all of the work in the lead down the famous straight before holding Santa Ana Lane at bay. Both horses will take improvement out of the run but conditions might pan out for Sunlight with the way The Everest might unfold. She has drawn barrier 6 and can tuck in behind the leading bunch that should include the likes of Nature Strip and Redzel. Santa Ana Lane and Pierata may need an ounce of luck after drawing on the inside of Sunlight. Some may point to Santa Ana Lane's dominant performance in the TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick as the best guide for this race but Sunlight should be better suited on the drier ground and can take out the worlds richest race on turf.


Trent Orwin


The Gregory Hickman-trained five-year-old entire PIERATA enters The Everest third up and both runs have been excellent so far this campaign. He just missed against defending Everest winner Redzel in the Concorde Stakes (1000m) before winning The Shorts (1100m) over Classique Legend and Redzel. Pierata looks in peak condition for The Everest and should go close to capturing the $14 million sprint.

Gary Emmerson


I can't go past REDZEL at the odds. Having won the inaugural The Everest, he produced the goods again last year having come into the race on the back of a below par effort in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m). Paul and Peter Snowden have followed the same path this year to the one Redzel took in 2017, the sprinter winning the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) and finishing third in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) behind Pierata and Classique Legend, and he looks in better shape than last year when he still managed to come out on top in The Everest despite not an ideal lead up. A subsequent barrier trial win at Gosford since his run in The Shorts has left him in perfect shape for this third up run and the hat-trick beckons at generous odds.


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The Everest Tips - Who our experts are backing

The Everest will be run for the third time at Randwick on Saturday and the Racingbase.com.au experts have made their verdicts on the big $14 million showpiece.

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