Redzel and Shoals favourites but $13m race is wide open

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT RACING - RAY THOMAS

THE wait is fi­nally over and it will all come down to less than 70 fre­netic sec­onds at Royal Rand­wick to­day.

At 4.15pm to­day, the gates will spring open for the $13 mil­lion TAB Ever­est.

Be­fore an ex­pected crowd of more than 40,000 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, 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 the day yes­ter­day but by late af­ter­noon he eased out to $7 and was joined by Shoals at the top of Ever­est bet­ting.

Vega Magic has shared race favouritism for the last 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 has been chal­leng­ing for Ever­est favouritism since her mighty first-up in the Pre­miere Stakes when she ran the clos­est of thirds to Santa Ana Lane and Shoals un­til she eased dra­mat­i­cally in bet­ting yes­ter­day.

But the topsy-turvy Ever­est bet­ting mar­ket is an­other in­di­ca­tion of how com­pet­i­tive this race is with the rank out­siders be­ing Le Ro­main, Graff and Os­borne Bulls at $18.

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