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Climbing The Everest

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The second running of The Everest is almost upon us. With the field changing by the day, we take a look at how the formation of the field unfolded over the last five and a half months.

April 24, 2018

Aquis Farm confirm Trapeze Artist (Snitzel) as their slotholder for the 2018 The Everest, five and half months out from the race - four months earlier than the first slot was locked away in 2017.

“We’ve got the plumb horse which is what’s exciting for us.” Aquis CEO Shane McGrath.

“He was a dominant winner of the Golden Rose and his last two victories, to my eye, have been as good as we’ve seen and I think he’s bombproof."

Trapeze Artist

April 27, 2018

TAB confirm that In Her Time (Time Thief) is their runner for The Everest .

“We had an Everest project team who weighed-up all options and considered a number of possible horses but, in the end, In Her Time was the ideal fit on every level,” Adam Rytenskild, Tabcorp’s Managing Director of Wagering and Media.

"In Her Time was the ideal fit on every level.” - Adam Rytenskild, Tabcorp Managing Director

In Her Time

May 7, 2018

Yulong Investments locks in Redzel to run in their slot in The Everest.

"We talked to [the connections of] a couple of other horses but Redzel was the only one we went hard after and we got the deal done,” Sam Fairgray, Yulong.

"Redzel was the only one we went hard after." - Sam Fairgray, Yulong

Redzel

June 5, 2018

Two of Australia's best trainers, Chris Waller and Darren Weir combined with Weir's Brave Smash to run in Waller's slot for The Everest.

“We have a horse who has been proven in the best company of sprinters since arriving in Australia a little over 12 months ago and I have a huge amount of respect for Australian Bloodstock who are industry leaders in targeting and importing tried international horses," Chris Waller said.

“We have a horse who has been proven in the best company of sprinters since arriving in Australia." - Chris Waller

Brave Smash

June 14, 2018

The Star selects Shoals in its slot for The Everest .

"We're excited to be fielding a runner this year in partnership with Arrowfield's John Messara. He's one of the most knowledgeable and esteemed racing men in the world, and in Shoals we believe we have an outstanding filly capable of claiming the event," Michael Hodgson, GM Business Development and Partnerships at The Star Entertainment Group.

"In Shoals we believe we have an outstanding filly capable of claiming the event." - Michael Hodgson, GM Business Development, The Star

Shoals

June 26, 2018

Damion Flower uses his slot to select English as his runner for The Everest.

"She is a prized and mighty mare who is a dual group 1 winner. She has had 26 starts and 25 of them, after she won her maiden, have been in Group races," Damion Flower.

July 5, 2018

Inglis confirm Santa Ana Lane to represent them in The Everest.

"Santa Ana Lane has proven himself to be one of Australia’s dominant sprinters having taken out the Goodwood then following up immediately after with a very impressive Stradbroke win." Arthur Inglis.

"Santa Ana Lane has proven himself to be one of Australia’s dominant sprinters." Arthur Inglis

Santa Ana Lane

July 15, 2018

Coolmore make their selection, choosing U S Navy Flag (USA) .

"We were hoping he would put in a performance today as we have our eye on that race in Australia, so I’d imagine he would have a little rest now as he has had a tough time, and be trained for that,” trainer Aidan O’Brien.

"We have our eye on that race in Australia." Aidan O’Brien, trainer

U S Navy Flag

July 29, 2018

James Harron confirms Vega Magic will be the runner for James Harron Bloodstock in The Everest .

"Vega Magic was favourite for the race last year when running a great second and his return in the Bletchingly Stakes yesterday was that of a top-class sprinter at the top of his game," James Harron said.

"A top-class sprinter at the top of his game." James Harron said.

Vega Magic

August 22, 2018

GPI Racing secure Invincible Star to run on The Everest under their slot.

"I think she's a worthy contender," trainer Adrian Bott said. "There's a lot of upside there. We're dealing with a stronger mare this preparation and I think she is ready to prove that."

"In her trials, she gave everyone a glimpse of that. And we’re just glad that she's been able to capture the attention and the imagination of Greg Ingham."

September 11, 2018

The ATC confirm they have selected Nature Strip to run in their slot for The Everest .

"Nature Strip broke a course record at his most recent win and will add an X-factor to the field," ATC director Phil Morley. "We believe Nature Strip is an excellent winning chance and will add to the quality and character of the race."

September 29, 2018

Nature Strip withdrawn from The Everest after failing in the G1 Moir S. leaving the ATC to find a new contender .

September 30, 2018

Graff confirmed as the horse for slotholders Max Whitby and Neil Werrett .

“Neil and I had always wanted something fresh and new for this race – we have got that all right,’’ Max Whitby said.

“But we had been thinking about Graff for some weeks and we feel he can run well, particularly given the mixed results over the weekend. This is anyone’s race."

"We had been thinking about Graff for some weeks and we feel he can run well." Max Whitby

Graff

October 2, 2018

Invincible Star ruled out of The Everest after suffering lameness. GPI Racing selects Le Romain for their slot.

“He’s a three-time Group 1 winner and a 1300m Group 1 winner at Randwick (Canterbury Stakes) at weight-for-age. He is the type of horse that would make any race under any other circumstances, so I think he deserves his spot,” Le Romain's trainer Kris Lees.

"He is the type of horse that would make any race under any other circumstances." Kris Less

Le Romain

October 3, 2018

English also ruled out of The Everest, leaving Damion Flower's slot empty. Flower then selects Viddora to run for him in the race.

"She’s probably been a little under rated but she is the people’s horse," Viddora's trainer Lloyd Kennewell.

"She is the people’s horse." Lloyd Kennewell, trainer

Viddora

October 3, 2018

Home of the Brave (GB) gets the ATC slot left vacant by Nature Strip .

“It is a fitting acknowledgment of Godolphin’s commitment to Sydney and Australian racing,’’ Godolphin's Vin Cox. “We have no doubt the annual running of The Everest will become one of the most anticipated events on the Australian racing calendar.’’

October 9, 2018

Home of the Brave (GB) scratched, replaced by stablemate Osborne Bulls for the race.

"Osborne Bulls was the favourite for the Sydney Stakes, the race from which The Everest replacements are selected, and it keeps our chances in this great race alive, " Vin Cox said.

"James Cummings has been very pleased with the horse, he loves Royal Randwick and while we’re disappointed for Home Of The Brave, we're delighted Osborne Bulls has been selected and the team are very confident he will run a big race."

"The team are very confident he will run a big race." Vin Cox, Godolphin

Osborne Bulls

The final field