The Everest Horses Head 2020 Premiere Stakes Field & Betting

October 1, 2020

The Everest Horses Head 2020 Premiere Stakes Field & Betting

An early preview to the $15 million The Everest on October 17 takes place at the Randwick track in Sydney on Saturday with the likes of Nature Strip and Classique Legend facing off in the Premiere Stakes 2020.

Nature Strip Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

The Everest-bound Nature Strip dominates betting on the 2020 Premiere Stakes in Sydney on Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

A key feature on the Epsom Handicap Day card, this season’s Group 2 $500,000 Premiere Stakes (1200m) serves as a nice lead-up into the world’s richest handicap and it is The Everest favourite Nature Strip also leading betting on the weekend.

Chris Waller’s star son of Nicconi is top of the all-in The Everest odds at $3.60 through Ladbrokes.com.au and is odds-on at $1.85 to win the Premiere Stakes second-up.

The $5 million earner, fourth in last year’s The Everest results, was beaten as the $1.35 top elect fresh in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) beaten home by Adelaide’s giant killer Gytrash.

The markets suggest Nature Strip will return to his best second-up as he is known to do getting up to his pet distance on the weekend.

The danger occupying the second line of Premiere Stakes betting for Saturday at $3 is the Les Bridge-trained Classique Legend.

Another horse confirmed for a second run in The Everest having placed sixth last year, the classy grey looked the goods first-up with a powerhouse win in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m).

Kerrin McEvoy retains the ride second-up on Saturday with Classique Legend looking to add to his commanding Randwick record (6:3-1-1) and show he can match it with Nature Strip ahead of The Everest.

Ten of the 12 slots in The Everest field have now been filled with only James Harron Bloodstock and Chris Waller to announce their contenders.

One or both of those remaining positions could be filled after the Premiere Stakes is run and won on Epsom Day should an upset occur from one of the other six runners further down the markets.

Outside of the top two in betting, the other best backed mover is the Joe Pride-trained Fasika ($12 into $10).

Pride’s sprinter Eudardo has been confirmed as the Mieverest replacement for Rothfire in the big one, and on Saturday So You Think mare Fasika will be out to put her name forward to join her stablemate.

The five-year-old jumps from barrier three with Brenton Avdulla aboard and is looking to atone for a first-up flop when finishing a mid-field eighth in the Group 2 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on September 12.

Click here for the latest Premiere Stakes 2020 odds for Saturday courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Premiere Stakes Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 4141x411x2 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 5 58.5kg 121
2 1x2360x1x1 CLASSIQUE LEGEND Les Bridge Kerrin McEvoy 7 58.5kg 115
3 2714x5465x DEPRIVE James Cummings Ms Rachel King 6 58.5kg 106
4 1112x160x5 STANDOUT Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Nash Rawiller 8 58.5kg 104
5 515×080146 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden Jeff Penza 1 58.5kg 98
6 64x21x741x LORD VON COSTA Donna Scott Blaike McDougall 2 58.5kg 96
7 229x1823x8 FASIKA Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 3 56.5kg 106
8 1x1133x49x LIBERTINI Anthony Cummings Regan Bayliss 4 56.5kg 100

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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