The Everest 2022
The World’s Richest Race on Turf returns to Randwick on the Saturday 15th October this year, seeing 12 of the fastest sprinters in the country race for an astounding $15 million prize purse. It has quickly become one of the most anticipated races of the Australian Racing Calendar.
The Everest is run over 1200m under WFA conditions, and in the past has been won by some handy types, with the likes of Nature Strip, Yes Yes Yes and Redzel taking out the race. With an increase in prize money and prestige, the 2022 edition promises to be another ripper.
Futures Market Overview:
1. Home Affairs ($7.50)
Clearly a talented colt with a big future in racing, as there’s already whispers about a potential trip to Ascot (UK). He finished 9th from a field of 12 in last years Everest, after sticking on for the most of what was a hot tempo. Since then, he smoked his rivals in the G1 Coolmore, then backed it up by beating Nature Strip in the Lightning Stakes. He’ll be much more competitive this time around.
2. Nature Strip ($7.50)
7-time Group 1 winner and arguably the best sprinter in the world, Nature Strip is always in the conversation. His high cruising speed and electric turn of foot saw him put pay to his rivals in last years Everest, taking his career earnings to $16,335,785. You won’t get $7.50 on the day, unless something between now and then goes really wrong.
3. Eduardo ($9)
He’s been Nature Strip’s sparring partner over the last few years and has got the better of him on a number of occasions. The Joe Pride trained Chestnut has been a model of consistency of late and picked up 2 group 1’s over the journey. He finished 3rd in last year’s edition and Pride will have him peaking come the 15th October.
4. Classique Legend ($10)
Hasn’t shown his best since a stint in Hong Kong but is already an Everest winner and you can’t write him off. 5th in the 2021 Everest, where he ran on well from the tail, it was always going to be a big ask. Wait to see how he goes when Les Bridges brings him back late in the Autumn in the lead up to the TJ Smith, and reassess then.
Although early, at this point in the season there is a particular mare turning heads and looks to be an absolute star. Marabi is yet to come up against anywhere near the sort of competition she would face in an Everest however her devastating win in the Group 2 Australia Stakes suggests she’s up to it, and may be worth taking the early price.