Redzel eyes repeat in The Everest, world's richest turf race

Redzel eyes repeat in The Everest, world's richest turf race
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The next winner of the world’s richest race on turf will be crowned early Saturday morning (Eastern Time) in the $13 million (AUD) TAB Everest at Royal Randwick racecourse. The Everest is a wide-open betting affair featuring some of the world’s best sprinters, such as last year’s winner Redzel, Trapeze Artist and the Aidan O’Brien-trained U S Navy Flag.

The weight-for-age sprint, contested over six furlongs, starts at 4:15 p.m. in Sydney (1:15 a.m. ET) Saturday and goes as Race 7 on the 10-race card. Other features include the Sydney Stakes (G3), Craven Plate (G3) and Kosciuszko.
 

To celebrate the race,
Sky Racing World has invited 12 prominent industry personalities from North America to participate in the 'Climbing Everest' promotion, including Horse Racing Nation editor Jonathan Lintner, in which each is assigned a gate/horse. The winning horse will earn the corresponding participant $5,000 to be donated to a charity of his or her choosing. HRN will be represented by In Her Time (pictured above) from gate 8, with Old Friends Farm the possible beneficiary.

The TAB Everest Field

To repeat as champion, 2017 winner
Redzel will need to best last year’s other two place getters — Vega Magic and Brave Smash — as well as early favorite Trapeze Artist on what is expected to be a wet track. The race welcomes its first international runner in American-bred and European-based U S Navy Flag.  

Brave Smash
(12/1) will start from gate 4, last year’s starting position for eventual winner Redzel. FanDuel will be hoping that history repeats itself as a win would reward its selected charity, Anna House. Brave Smash will have on his back the world’s best jockey, Hugh Bowman, who recently rode Winx to her 28th straight Group 1 win at the Turnbull Stakes. 

Redzel
(6/1) is the highest-rated horse in the field and will be up front in gate 1. In addition to drawing the inside alley, the defending champion also comes in having just won the Concorde Stakes (G3). TVG’s Britney Eurton will be among those cheering for Redzel as a win would reward her nominated charity, New Vocations. 

NBC’s Donna Brothers and her charity,
Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, will look to Trapeze Artist (6/1) who will occupy gate 6. The early favorite for the Everest ran fourth to Santa Ana Lane in last week’s lead up race, the Premiere Stakes, but has since moved back up to the top of the markets after Tuesday’s barrier draws. 

The runner-up in last year’s Everest,
Vega Magic (6/1), had a brilliant win in the Bletchingly Stakes (G3) and will look for a similar performance when he exits from gate 7 as a joint favorite. A win would reward Woodbine’s chosen charity, LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society.

Candice Hare (TVG) and charity
Living Legends were awarded gate 2 and the race’s fourth equal favorite Shoals (6/1). Trained by Anthony Freedman, Shoals is a triple Group 1 winner who proved her Everest potential as a runner-up in the Premiere Stakes (G2).

Fresh from a record-breaking victory in the Premiere Stakes,
Santa Ana Lane (7/1) will line up in gate 9, hoping to surmount the quartet of 6/1 favorites favored ahead of him. A win would also benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, nominated by Marcus Hersh from the Daily Racing Form. 

U S Navy Flag
(8/1) will star for Ireland after becoming the first horse in 35 years to claim both the Middle Park Stakes and the Dewhurst Stakes in the UK. Primed by the Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate winning duo of trainer Aidan O’Brien and jockey Ryan Moore, U S Navy Flag will look to turn gate 3 into the winning stall for Paulick Report’s Ray Paulick and his beneficiary, the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation. 

After failing to make an appearance last year,
In Her Time (10/1) will look to make her first Everest a memorable one starting from gate 8. The Kris Lees-trained mare earned redemption in last year’s consolation race, the Sydney Stakes, in which she topped Redzel’s winning Everest time. Horse Racing Nation’s Jonathan Lintner will be watching In Her Time on behalf of nominated charity Old Friends Farm.

With
Home of the Brave, the Godolphin stable’s original entry, ruled out, another James Cummings-trained entry, Osborne Bulls (16/1), will head out from gate 5 for TVG and its charity, Carma. Viddora (14/1) holds gate 12 and will be cheered on by Keeneland’s Kurt Becker and his beneficiary, Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. 

Twinspires and
KY Equine Humane Center hope gate 11 will be their lucky barrier, as it will be occupied by the talented weight-for-age performer Le Romain (20/1). Santa Anita track announcer Michael Wrona and Myasthenia Gravis Association of QLD represent gate 10 from which Graff (16/1) will jump from. 

Tune in and Play

Handicappers are able to live-stream and wager on The Everest at ADW platforms such as TVG
 and NYRA Bets. Free past performances and expert picks on all races are available at SkyRacingWorld.com.

 

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