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The Sportsman Weekend - - News - with Ray Hickson

Ever­est search

THE Aus­tralian Turf Club is seek­ing applications for its slot in Oc­to­ber’s $10m The Ever­est (1200m) at Rand­wick by put­ting it up for ten­der.

ATC chief ex­ec­u­tive Dar­ren Pearce said among the cri­te­ria for win­ning club’s slot is ca­reer per­for­mance and in­ter­na­tional rat­ing.

“The Ever­est has very quickly caught the at­ten­tion and imag­i­na­tion of lo­cal

in­ter­na­tional rac­ing world, and many own­ers, train­ers rep­re­sen­ta­tives have al­ready pub­licly stated they want to run,” Pearce said.

“The ATC will look to at­tract the very best sprint­ers to com­pete, and we hope the ATC Slot can be utilised by a horse that en­hances qual­ity of the race and in turn pro­motes Sydney rac­ing to the world.”

Among those train­ers look­ing for a start in the race are David Hayes with both Red­kirk War­rior and re­cent Good­wood win­ner Vega Magic and Mick Price with the former WBS Lankan Ru­pee.

The ten­der closes on June 30 and the race is run Oc­to­ber 14.

O’Shea re­turns

TRAINER John O’Shea says he would have pre­ferred to make his re­turn in the new year but couldn’t pass up the chance to come back to Rand­wick.

The ATC an­nounced this week that O’Shea will be given boxes at Rand­wick with James Cum­mings va­cat­ing Leilani Lodge to take O’Shea’s former job at Godol­phin.

Which sta­bles O’Shea will train out of have yet to be con­firmed but the trainer said he’s ex­cited about re­sum­ing on Au­gust 1.

“Sta­bles at Rand­wick are very hard to come by but when the op­por­tu­nity pre­sented with James go­ing to Godol­phin I had to jump at it,” O’Shea said on Sydney ra­dio.

spent three years at Godol­phin and in that time pre­pared 10 Group 1 win­ners, the lat­est be­ing It’s Some­what in this year’s Don­caster Mile.

Of course he trained out of Rand­wick prior to tak­ing the Godol­phin job and pro­duced su­per­stars like Rac­ing To Win and Pri­vate Steer.

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