Yard to the Post | Everest Day

Race Day: Royal Randwick on Saturday, 17 October 2020


It was a breezy day at Royal Randwick for The TAB Everest, conditions that made the famous 'rise' (a climb just after the home turn) and long straight even more of a test than usual. When EDUARDO sped along like a rocket and strung out the field many would have wondered if the well-backed CLASSIQUE LEGEND was simply too far away on the turn. But Kerrin McEvoy kept a cool head and timed his run to perfection, delivering his third Everest win and a special victory for veteran trainer Les Bridge.

A review of all races is provided below, from the Yard to the Post.



Track Info

RailTRUE
ConditionsGOOD 4
WeatherFINE, overcast, headwind in straight
BiasSlight preference NEAR RAILS, making run wider without cover tough in wind

Race 1 ACY SECURITIES VICTORY VEIN PLATE

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Captivant Peter & Paul Snowden Jason Collett 4 56.5
2 Akihiro Gary Portelli Ms Kathy O'Hara 1 56.5
3 She's All Class Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 3 54.5


Race 2 TAB HIGHWAY CLASS 3 HANDICAP

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Air Marshal Mark Schmetzer Tommy Berry 4 56.5
2 Depth That Varies Luke Morgan Tom Sherry (a2) 20 57.0
3 Crackneck Allan Kehoe Robbie Dolan 11 55.0


Race 3 THE STAR MILE

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Purple Sector John Thompson Ms Rachel King 6 52.0
2 Pancho Chris Waller Ms Cejay Graham 1 52.0
3 Just Thinkin' Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 11 55.5


Race 4 TRESEMME REGINALD ALLEN QUALITY

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Forbidden Love Richard & Michael Freedman Tommy Berry 7 59.0
2 Joviality Chris Waller James McDonald 11 58.0
3 Elizabeel John Sargent Jason Collett 3 54.0


Race 5 THE KOSCIUSZKO

A new star reaches the peak of country racing

strong tempo

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 It's Me Brett Cavanough Jason Collett 7 53.0
2 Redouble Bjorn Baker Tommy Berry 1 59.0
3 Man of Peace Matthew Dale Ms Louise Day 9 58.0

In The Running

MAN OF PEACE led and really got rolling at a STRONG tempo from TOO BIG FARI, FENDER and HANDLE THE TRUTH out wide no cover. IT'S ME got back in a tight spot.

The Result

IT'S ME (1st) ran on hard to beat REDOUBLE (2nd) and MAN OF PEACE (3rd) hanging on for a place.

The Interest

You had to be impressed with the final 200m from IT'S ME once she got clear and charged at them late, her final 200m was the only one below 12 seconds (11.73 seconds). A genuine star that has plenty of upside to come too. REDOUBLE the best weighted off past ratings and Mitchell Beer got him to deliver a near peak performance. HANDLE THE TRUTH very brave stuck wide and just a little bit of bad luck for AL MAH HAHA (held up early straight). ICE IN VANCOUVER wide, keen and pulled up with a cardiac arrhythmia.


Race 6 FUJITSU GENERAL SYDNEY STAKES

Too much dash from an enigmatic sprinter

fair tempo

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Trumbull Kim Waugh Tommy Berry 8 58.5
2 Standout Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Nash Rawiller 5 58.5
3 Signore Fox Peter & Paul Snowden Sam Clipperton 6 58.5

In The Running

PRIME CANDIDATE led at a FAIR tempo, perhaps on the steady side. ADELONG outside the leader and SPECIAL REWARD racing keenly behind them. TRUMBULL wide no cover near pace.

The Result

TRUMBULL (1st) sprinted best to win from STANDOUT (2nd), who charged late after getting held up. SIGNORE FOX (3rd) better this time.

The Interest

Two standout performances here, TRUMBULL wide no cover and clearly back a better horse this prep, while STANDOUT was very unlucky after getting held up. You'd have to think STANDOUT would have won if not held up 'til the 150m mark. DEPRIVE just OK running on. MILITARY ZONE hit the line pretty well from the back and should enjoy 1400m+ next time. Not the right race for SPECIAL REWARD perhaps over 1200m on firm ground deep into his prep.


Race 7 THE TAB EVEREST

Classique leaves Australia as the King

strong tempo

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Classique Legend Les Bridge Kerrin McEvoy 6 58.5
2 Bivouac James Cummings Glen Boss 10 58.5
3 Gytrash Gordon Richards Jason Collett 7 58.5

In The Running

EDUARDO went keenly and led at a rapid STRONG tempo from NATURE STRIP and HAUT BRION HER. TREKKING midfield 2W with CLASSIQUE LEGEND and BIVOUAC in the 2W line behind him well off the lead. LIBERTINI wide no cover at the back.

The Result

CLASSIQUE LEGEND (1st) ran on best for a big win. BIVOUAC (2nd) ran on well with GYTRASH (3rd) to place.

The Interest

EDUARDO couldn't be held by Rachel King and that set up an energy-sapping Everest this year. CLASSIQUE LEGEND in the right spot back with cover and much too classy in the end. He heads to Hong Kong now. LIBERTINI probably the next best run after getting stuck wide.


Race 8 YULONG AUSTRALIA CRAVEN PLATE

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Think It Over Kerry Parker Glen Boss 2 59.0
2 Nettoyer Wendy Roche Nash Rawiller 4 57.0
3 Vanna Girl Toby & Trent Edmonds Kerrin McEvoy 5 56.0


Race 9 BENTLEY ST LEGER STAKES

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Fun Fact Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 3 57.5
2 Brimham Rocks Chris Waller James McDonald 6 57.5
3 She's Ideel Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 9 53.5


Race 10 BOWERMANS COMMERCIAL FURNITURE HANDICAP

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Bombasay Damien Lane Jason Collett 1 57.0
2 Best Stone John Thompson Nash Rawiller 12 59.0
3 Dream Circle David Payne Ms Rachel King 4 54.0



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