Post 2020 The Everest Barrier Draw Betting: Nature Strip Favourite in Five

October 14, 2020

Post 2020 The Everest Barrier Draw Betting: Nature Strip Favourite in Five

The Chris Waller-trained Nature Strip has shot back up to the top of the markets for Saturday’s The Everest 2020 race after a gun barrier five draw for the world’s richest turf race.

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

Nature Strip has regained favouritism in the 2020 The Everest betting for Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

A star-studded field of 12 sprinters do battle in the $15 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on the weekend and the top three in betting all fared well in Tuesday night’s barrier draw.

Nature Strip, Classique Legend and Gytrash are tightly matched in the latest The Everest odds online and will jump alongside each other in the weight-for-age feature from barriers five – seven.

Both Nature Strip and Les Bridge’s ultra-consistent grey Classique Legend return for the fourth edition of The Everest having contested last year’s race finishing fourth and sixth respectively behind Waller’s 2019 champion Yes Yes Yes.

Despite two disappointing runs this prep, Nicconi six-year-old Nature Strip for last year’s winning trainer Waller has regained top spot in The Everest odds at $4.20 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

He has firmed in from $6 pre-The Everest barrier draw and is the big market mover out to atone for his last start fourth in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m).

Classique Legend ($4.40) will be ridden by dual The Everest winning hoop Kerrin McEvoy who took out the opening two editions of the event aboard Redzel (2017, 2018).

Also presenting fit third-up, the five-year-old son of Not A Single Doubt has an excellent Randwick strike-rate (7:3-2-1).

First-up he won the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) before his second to the shock winner Libertini in the Premiere Stakes at the same track and distance as The Everest when two lengths beaten on October 3.

Kept fresh since his Group 3 Concorde Stakes success over Nature Strip is then the $6 third elect Gytrash for Adelaide’s Gordon Richards.

The gelding has run top two in his four latest runs including finishing second to fellow The Everest hopeful Trekking in Morphetville’s Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) back in May.

The big drifter meanwhile suffering an early blow drawing the outside alley in The Everest field is Anthony Cummings’ Premiere Stakes winning mare Libertini.

She blew her rivals away in a surprise first-up win to secure her slot in Saturday’s event but has eased out to $7.50 with work to do from barrier 12 of 12.

Jockey Glen Boss rode then three-year-old Yes Yes Yes to victory last spring and returns looking to become the second dual The Everest winning hoop aboard the James Cummings-trained Bivouac.

Godolphin’s Exceed And Excel stallion looks value at a current quote of $18, the Newmarket Handicap winner racing second-up off a third to Classique Legend in The Shorts only 1.2 lengths beaten.

Bivouac has a strong second-up record (3:2-1-0), has won a subsequent Warwick Farm trial and could be a surprise top three runner.

The Royal Blue brigade are also represented in the race by the aforementioned Trekking, third in last year’s race and paying $16 to improve on that 12 months’ on from gate four with Joshua Parr to ride.

Click here for the latest The Everest 2020 odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 The Everest Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 141x411x24 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 5 58.5kg 121
2 324x7219x2 TREKKING James Cummings Joshua Parr 4 58.5kg 116
3 x2360x1x12 CLASSIQUE LEGEND Les Bridge Kerrin McEvoy 6 58.5kg 115
4 225x6266x6 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony & Sam Freedman Sam Clipperton 8 58.5kg 115
5 184x14x111 BEHEMOTH David Jolly Nash Rawiller 2 58.5kg 114
6 62x61365x3 BIVOUAC James Cummings Glen Boss 10 58.5kg 114
7 x2x13212x1 GYTRASH Gordon Richards Jason Collett 7 58.5kg 114
8 x37x07x112 EDUARDO Joseph Pride Ms Rachel King 9 58.5kg 110
9 x2308x8522 DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR Tony & Calvin McEvoy Tim Clark 1 58.5kg 104
10 1x77351x35 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Tommy Berry 11 56.5kg 114
11 x1133x49x1 LIBERTINI Anthony Cummings Regan Bayliss 12 56.5kg 110
12 x111221x17 HAUT BRION HER Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 3 56.5kg 105
13e 714x5465x3 DEPRIVE James Cummings 0 58.5kg 106
14e 56x211x345 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees 0 58.5kg 105
15e 112x160x55 STANDOUT Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 0 58.5kg 104
16e 0x84170x85 TACTICAL ADVANTAGE Kris Lees 0 58.5kg 105

*Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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