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Two more sprinters have been locked into the 12-horse The Everest 2021 field for next month with Anthony Cummings’ smart mare Libertini and Friday night’s Moir Stakes runner-up The Inferno both into the world’s richest turf race.
Nine horses are now locked into this season’s $15 million The Everest (1200m), the Royal Randwick feature to run on Caulfield Cup Day on October 16.
Late this week Aquis confirmed Libertini would represent them in the race, the now five-year-old daughter of I Am Invincible looking to improve on her eighth to Classique Legend in last year’s The Everest results.
On Saturday morning, James Harron Bloodstock then announced The Inferno would get his chance in the weight-for-age sprint following an eye-catching second to Wild Ruler in the Group 1 Moir Stakes under the lights at The Valley.
Libertini and The Inferno join fellow confirmed 2021 The Everest horses:
- Eduardo (The Star & Arrowfield) confirmed 2021 The Everest horses
- Rothfire (James Kennedy)
- Gytrash (Inglis)
- Lost And Running (TAB)
- Nature Strip (Chris Waller Racing)
- Classique Legend (Bon Ho)
- Masked Crusader (Max Whitby & Neil Werrett)
Libertini has not won a race since she defeated Classique Legend in last October’s Group 2 Premiere Stakes and was last seen running eighth to Nature Strip in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) over the autumn.
Cliff Brown’s Singapore expat The Inferno meanwhile is looking red hot fit this season, the Holy Roman Emperor gelding winning the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) two back before narrowly being denied an elite level win in the Moir.
“I just think he brings something new to the race,” Harron said.
“He’s been set for the race so he’s going to be fit and hopefully peaking at his fourth start. The 1200m at a big track like Randwick is going to be right up his alley.”
Noted fresh performer, Libertini will not have a lead-up run and so is out to make history as the first The Everest winner to do so first-up.
“She is lethal first-up and if she runs 1:08 (time) she’ll be right there in the finish, and if she’s improved at all she’s a winning chance,” Aquis CEO Shane McGrath said, referring to the mare’s two recent Randwick first-up wins in 1:07.93 (2019 Silver Shadow) and 1:07.60 (2020 Premiere Stakes).
The latest all-in The Everest odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are narrowly led by Nature Strip, Chris Waller’s superstar last seen running second to the Joe Pride-trained Eduardo in the Group 2 The Shorts.
Libertini is listed at $15 in The Everest betting markets, while The Inferno can be found at $17.
The remaining three slots in The Everest field belong to Coolmore, Yu Long Investments and Godolphin.
Godolphin are likely to name Trekking as their runner off the evergreen seven-year-old’s brave third in the Moir Stakes results.
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