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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.
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.