The Sportsman Weekend

Paulele out to stake an Everest claim and topple Slipper hero

- SHAYNE O’CASS

NO one would have predicted this time last year that Kembla play host to two potential, even likely, Everest runners but here we are.

The Group 3 San Domenico Stakes over 1100m has always been an important marker for the previous season’s top twoyear-olds.

So much so that this year’s running boasts the reigning Golden Slipper winner (weather permitting) in Stay Inside.

The Richard and Michael Freedman-trained colt is priced at $8 to win the TAB The Everest at Royal Randwick on October 16.

One of his San Domenico rivals, Paulele, is rated at $15 for that race, ahead of this weekend’s huge clash which is borderline career defining for both colts.

We are not quite at the stage where reputation­s are on the line, but a booming win or a disappoint­ing bust by either colt wouldn’t exactly enhance their Everest prospects.

That said, Everest’s, like all Grand Finals, are won on the day and Paulele’s camp are confident the colt has what it takes to conquer the 2021 Slipper hero.

Stay Inside has won three of his four starts, Paulele has won from six.

The James Cummingstr­ained chestnut has the advantage of a recent start.

Paulele, despite carrying 59kg and being first-up since April, ran his Rosebud rivals off their legs to win the 1100m Listed feature in extraordin­ary time of 1.01.98 seconds.

Better yet, Paulele ran a 32.44 second last 600m to set up his two and a half length win.

“I’m really happy with the way he has progressed, he is in excellent order,” Cummings told Daily Telegraph racing editor Ray Thomas.

“We will be running (on Saturday) and the sparks will be flying because there is plenty of depth in race.”

Paulele’s win the Rosebud and the Kindergart­en before that guarantees son of Dawn Approach a place on the epic Darley stallion roster in springs to come.

 ??  ?? Paulele. Pic: Grant Guy.
Paulele. Pic: Grant Guy.

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