Racing NSW should tweak format to attract internationals
BEFORE inserting a delicate scalpel, let’s get one thing clear, I’m a big fan of The Everest and its future. But next time I would tweak the buy-in format significantly — firstly to empower greater public transparency, and secondly to attract International players the table.
The Everest is here to stay, especially now Racing NSW has hung their hat on the “world’s richest turf race.”
The Date is good, forget RVL and RNSW in a chest-beating “bunfight” over who was here first. Yes, the 15mins between races is a nightmare, but punters have been putting up with scheduling trainwrecks for years, so they won’t care.
Of course there’s room for both — October 14, 2017 is now one of the greatest days on the planet. Four Group 1s a terrific 10-race card at Caulfield and The Everest Showdown at Randwick. Egodriven spats have been around since Phar Lap, and they’ll be around in 100 years time. Embrace the day. The horseflesh on show is spectacular.
But I’m sure when PVL set out to launch The Everest, he was banking on a true International flavour and new big business entering the equine ring. That hasn’t happened, but it will. And I’m sure establishment was banking on a greater spread of “slot” money investing in the race rather than the propping up nearly half the field itself.
Still, this is a superclass showdown, and when the starter lets them go, the punters won’t care who owns what. My daughter is going to Randwick on a party bus of 70. None of them no anything about racing, but who cares, that’s the social cut-through The Everest has generated.
So what could change? Next year, I would have an early and provisional televised live auction (with International hook-up) where horses are nominated and bought — above a predetermined Reserve Price.
Of course, you only pay if you run, and the field could be stretched to 14, but up to 25 sprinters already paid-up if they’re ultimately good enough make it. Whatever the final “slot” figure, Racing NSW and broadcast rights cover balance to reach $10m. Who knows it might make $12m.
Let’s face it. When you buy-in at the poker table, it’s all from the one deck of cards. It seems logical the likely $4 Everest favourite should cost way more than a $51 shot. Scheduling and planning improves greatly, then we attract European potential American entries.
Of course, provisional slot holders can onsell their stake at any time leading up to the final field declaration. All food for thought, but as for Edition 1, who’s going to win?
Put it this way, I’ll be crying in my beer until 4am if Vega Magic ($6.50 to $5) doesn’t salute, he’s a star-moulded powerhouse who races best on the fresh side, and whose exceptional ability even as a three-year-old in WA has progressed many lengths under David Hayes.
I only see two dangers — the three-year-old She Will Reign ($4.60 to $5.00) who is a star and screaming out under the WFA scale, and Redzel ($7.00 to $8.00), almost now the complete sprinter from barrier to box.
My EVEREST Tips:
1. VEGA MAGIC; 2. She Will Reign; 3. Redzel; 4. Chautauqua
A SUPER day at Caulfield offers deep and competitive fields, with one of the best renewals of the Group 2 Schillaci in years. Here are my Value Tips:
CAULFIELD GUINEAS: 1. CATCHY; 2. Kementari; 3. Royal Symphony
THOUSAND GUINEAS: 1. ALIZEE; 2. Shoals; 3. Leather ‘n’ Lace
TOORAK HCP: 1. EGG TART;
2. Comin’ Through; 3. Tom Melbourne