Treks to great race complete, now it comes down to survival of
THE wait is finally over and it will all come down to less than 70 frenetic seconds at Royal Randwick today.
At 4.15pm, the gates will spring open for the $13 million TAB Everest — and the race will be on.
Months of pressure, hype and controversy has captured the imagination and interest of horse racing fans around the world. Before an expected crowd of more than 30,000 at Royal Randwick, The Everest’s field of 12 outstanding sprinters will compete in the world’s richest turf race.
This race is so even that finding the favourite is proving as challenging as backing the winner, with The Everest betting market changing constantly.
Defending champ Redzel was the $6.50 favourite for most of yesterday but, by late afternoon, he’d eased to $7 and was joined by Shoals at the top of The Everest betting.
Vega Magic has shared race favouritism for the past two weeks but uncertainty about his ability to cope with a heavy track has resulted in the gelding drifting to $8.50.
The same applies to Trapeze Artist and Santa Ana Lane. They started the week sharing favouritism but are now out to $9, joining Irish raider US Navy Flag.
The big drifter is In Her Time, who has eased to $15. The brilliant Newcastle mare had been challenging for Everest favouritism since her mighty first-up run in the Premiere Stakes when she finished the closest of thirds to Santa Ana Lane and Shoals. But she eased dramatically yesterday.
The topsy-turvy betting market is another indication of how competitive this race is, with the rank outsiders being Le Romain, Graff and Osborne Bulls at about $18.
Viddora, the Victorian mare who has drawn the widest barrier in the 12horse field, is one of The Everest “outsiders” at $17 but it wouldn’t be a shock if she won the big race.
“Has anyone seen a sprint race this good where it is possibly going to end