Trekking and Embracer complete The Everest field

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Evergreen Godolphin sprinter Trekking (Street Cry {Ire}) will get a third shot at The Everest after he was chosen to represent the 'Blue Army' in the $15 million sprint to be run at Randwick this Saturday, while the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Embracer (Sebring) has claimed the final spot in the field.

Trekking, who ran fourth in The Everest last year and third the year prior, was chosen for Godolphin's slot for the race ahead of James Cummings-trained stablemate Paulele (Dawn Approach {Ire}), who won Saturday's G2 Roman Consul S. impressively.

Trekking, who is now seven, is proven against elite level sprinters, having won two Group 1 races in his career, the 2020 edition of The Goodwood and the 2019 renewal of the Stradbroke H.

In 2019, he raced under the slot of Melbourne Racing Club having qualified by taking out the G2 Schillaci S. at Caulfield the previous week. He stormed home in that edition of The Everest and was beaten less than 1l into third behind Yes Yes Yes and Pierata.

Trekking | Image courtesy of Sportpix

In 2020, it was Max Whitby and Neil Werrett who snapped him up as their representative and Trekking again performed with merit to finish fourth, beaten just over 3l by the winner Classique Legend (Not A Single Doubt).

"When you go into a Test match, and you'd have to say The Everest is as strong a field as you'd seen, you want to make sure you have your best on your side, and Trekking is our best player," Godolphin Australia's Managing Director Vin Cox told TDN AusNZ.

Trekking has not won a race since his Goodwood triumph in May 2020 but has been tremendously consistent, finishing no further back than fifth in his seven starts since last year's The Everest.

"When you go into a Test match, and you'd have to say The Everest is a strong a field as you'd seen, you want to make sure you have your best on your side, and Trekking is our best player." - Vin Cox

He resumed with a 3l third in the G3 Concorde S. in early September behind Nature Strip (Nicconi) and then ran a creditable third again, beaten 1.6l by Wild Ruler (Snitzel) in the G1 Moir S.

Vin Cox

"His two runs back this campaign have been outstanding. He has performed for us extremely well in the race in the past two years and we are very confident we have got the right horse to represent us in our slot," Cox said.

Trekking becomes the sixth runner from last year's running of The Everest to be confirmed as running this year, with Classique Legend (winner) and Gytrash (Lope De Vega {Ire}) (third) having finished in front of him, and Nature Strip (seventh), Libertini (I Am Invincible) and Eduardo (Host {Chi}) having finished behind him.

Embracer runs for Kennedy

James Kennedy confirmed late on Monday that Embracer would take the final slot in the field.

The 6-year-old Bott and Waterhouse-trained sprinter has won six of his 19 starts and was last seen when third behind The Everest rival Masked Crusader (Toronado {Ire}) in the G2 Premiere S. at Randwick on October 2.

Kennedy Racing had originally selected Rothfire (Rothesay) for its slot but that horse has been sent to the spelling paddock by trainer Robert Heathcote.

Embracer

Meanwhile, Cox said 3-year-old colt Paulele had been strongly considered for the Godolphin spot but will instead tackle the G1 Manikato S. at Moonee Valley on October 22.

"Paulele might have his day yet, in The Everests in the future. We will look to go to the Manikato with him and we will decide his future after that," he said.

Plate on the menu for Anamoe

Cox also confirmed that Saturday's G1 Caulfield Guineas winner Anamoe (Street Boss {USA}) will contest the G1 Cox Plate on October 23, where he will carry the 3-year-old weight of 49.5kg.

"We will take aim at the Cox Plate. He has come out of the race very well on Saturday and assuming he trains on as we hope in the next week, we anticipate him taking his place," he said.

"He (Anamoe) has come out of the race very well on Saturday and assuming he trains on as we hope in the next week, we anticipate him taking his place." - Vin Cox

"He's a horse that races and has the aptitude of a horse that will relish a mile and a quarter. So we are looking forward to it very much."

Craig Williams has been booked to ride Anamoe in the race, leaving the ride aboard favourite Zaaki (GB) (Leroidesanimaux {Brz]) vacant.

Godolphin has never won a Cox Plate, having run second in it with the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Benbatl (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) in 2018 and with the John O'Shea-trained Hartnell (GB) (Authorized {Ire}) in 2016. Both horses were beaten by Winx (Street Cry {Ire}).

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