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UK-based Irish jockey Jamie Spencer will make the trip down under for a ride aboard Japanese raider Brave Smash for the ATC in the inaugural The Everest 2017 race Saturday week in Sydney.
Spencer, who rode his 2000th flat race winner in British back in August, has secured the mount on the now Darren Weir-trained Brave Smash in the $10 million Restricted The Everest (1200m).
The Australian Bloodstock-raced Tosen Phantom stallion Brave Smash is one of the 12 confirmed horses filling the slots in The Everest field, jockeys for which are starting to also now take shape.
Spencer is the seventh confirmed The Everest jockey and replaces Damian Lane aboard Weir’s recent stable acquisition in what is now the world’s richest race on turf.
Lane instead heads to Melbourne on October 14 to partner the Godolphin-raced Kementari in the Group 1 $2 million Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
Brave Smash has had three runs in Australia including a brave debut when runner-up to fellow The Everest-bound Vega Magic in the Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on August 19.
The Lindsay Park-trained Vega Magic franked that form going on to defeat Black Heart Bart by nearly two lengths in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) on September 9.
He has been kept fresh since for his drop back in distance for The Everest with a hoop still to be confirmed for the $6 fancy through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Brave Smash meanwhile is only rated a $26 roughie in futures The Everest betting.
After the Regal Roller the horse won at The Valley as the odds-on favourite in the Listed Bendigo Bank Stakes (1200m) and was last seen running second as the beaten fancy behind Bons Away in the Listed Testa Rossa Stakes (1200m).
Brave Smash races for the Australian Turf Club (ATC) in The Everest field, while Vega Magic fills the slot held by Max Whitby.
The ATC opted to give Spencer the call-up to ride their horse in the race with the intention of boosting the event’s status on an international level.
“Brave Smash has a racing pattern that will benefit from an experienced rider and Jamie Spencer fits that criteria perfectly,” ATC executive general manager of racing, James Heddo, said.
“Jamie has ridden for Australian Bloodstock successfully in the past and the ATC is very excited to have Jamie visit Australia again to take part in a race which is attracting huge interest across the world.”
Current favourite in all-in The Everest odds is the Gary Portelli-trained filly She Will Reign ($4.60).
The Golden Slipper Stakes champion kicked off her three-year-old bid last Friday night with success in Moonee Valley’s Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) and will have Corey Brown aboard in The Everest.
Spencer is yet to ride in Sydney, but has enjoyed Australian race success in Victoria having partnered Side Glance to victory in the 2013 Mackinnon Stakes.
To check the latest The Everest 2017 odds visit Ladbrokes.com.au today.
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