The Everest Final Field
The final field has been announced for Saturday’s $15 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick.
A final field of 12 sprinters will contest the 2020 The Everest with first place taking home $6.2 million in prizemoney.
The Les Bridge-trained five-year-old gelding Classique Legend will be one of the leading Everest contenders on the back of winning the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) at Royal Randwick on September 19. He was then a huge run in defeat behind Libertini in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at the same venue.
Gordon Richards trains South Australian five-year-old gelding Gytrash who was victorious in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Royal Randwick defeating Nature Strip.
The Chris Waller-trained Nature Strip captured the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick in April. Since then, he has run second in the Concorde Stakes as a $1.45 favourite and fourth in the Premiere as $2.20 favourite.
Libertini is prepared by Anthony Cummings and the four-year-old mare’s victory in the Premiere Stakes stamped her claims as a serious Everest contender.
David Jolly has done a tremendous job with five-year-old gelding Behemoth. Back to back Group 1 wins in the Memsie Stakes (1400m) and Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) has Behemoth ready to scale The Everest.
A last minute switch for slot holder Aquis saw them replace the injured Farnan with Dollar For Dollar who has finished runner-up in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes for the past two years.
The other runners in the field are Bivouac, Tofane, Farnan, Eduardo, Haut Brion Her, Santa Ana Lane and Trekking.
2020 The Everest Final Field:
|Behemoth||David Jolly||The Star|
|Classique Legend||Les Bridge||Bon Ho|
|Dollar For Dollar||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Aquis|
|Haut Brion Her||Chris Waller||Three Bridges|
|Libertini||Anthony Cummings||James Harron|
|Nature Strip||Chris Waller||TAB|
|Santa Ana Lane||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Coolmore|
|Trekking||James Cummings||Max Whitby|