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The sixth edition of the world’s richest turf race takes place at Royal Randwick on Saturday, and below we have our insider 2022 The Everest tips and best bets on the $15 million feature.
Twelve of the country’s best sprinters face off over six furlongs in Sydney and, with a likely Heavy-rated track, punters are coming for the mudlarks in The Everest betting markets.
Sitting top of The Everest odds at Ladbrokes.com.au is last year’s hero, the Chris Waller-trained champion Nature Strip out from an odds-on quote to $2 to go back-to-back and emulate Redzel (2017, 2018) as the event’s only two-time champions.
What stops the Strip from getting the job done again?
Lost And Running ($7) coming off a Premiere Stakes win and market mover Eduardo ($10), who ran third and fourth respectively in last year’s race, are considered the dangers.
So, can Nature Strip salute in yet another elite level race and take his career earnings up over $25 million?
Or is there an upset The Everest result pending?
With the rainfall easing how much the track dries out will be key!
The Favourite: #1 Nature Strip ($2 at time of publish) – BET NOW
Gosh it’s hard to tip against Nature Strip who is the deserving favourite and one to beat. He may be an eight-year-old, but he’s showing no signs of slowing down and has been nothing but sensational in the 12 months since he won last year’s Everest at his third attempt. Between then and now he’s won another VRC Classic and TJ Smith Stakes, and he’s proved himself on the international stage with that barnstorming 4.5 length demolition job in the Group 1 King’s Stand at Royal Ascot. First-up back down under he was too good for them in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) and has been kept fresh since. This is his track, his race and he gets conditions to suit with superior wet track form (4:3-0-1). Outside alley a non-issue, James McDonald is going great guns and he’s hard to knock even at the short quote. If the track is upgraded to Soft going, don’t stress! This guy can still do it. BACK DON’T SACK.
The Danger: #11 Jacquinot ($11 at time of publish) – BET NOW
Yes Yes Yes in 2019 is the sole three-year-old The Everest winner to date, but there’s a few things suggesting Jacquinot could be the next at a nice price. The Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr-trained Rubick colt is lightly raced with plenty of improvement still in him. He is three from six to date and brings in the top three-year-old form of the season. Was brilliant coming wide to run past them late in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) in a really tough performance on a firm Rosehill track. He’d prefer it to be out of the Heavy range and still has maturing to do, plus he could find coming back to the 1200m against these seasoned sprinters tough. But on what he did to win the Rose and on class alone he has to be respected. If the sun shines, he’ll be smiling even more. EACH WAY.
The Roughie: #5 Mazu ($17 at time of publish) – BET NOW
There are all the usual suspects in The Everest field that must be respected of course including Lost And Running, Masked Crusader (especially if the rain stays away!) and Eduardo, but let’s not look past a Snowden runner! The Team won the opening two editions with Redzel and look to have a sneaky chance at a hat-trick saddling-up this consistent Maurice four-year-old. He was on fire last prep winning five on the trot including the Group 2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint at this track and distance on a Heavy (10). Went to Brisbane and held on narrowly in the wet at Eagle Farm to become a Group 1 winner in the Doomben 10,000. Two runs have been just off them this prep when fifth in The Shorts and runner-up in a huge effort in the Premiere Stakes. That looks solid form and he’s an absolute swimmer on Heavy going (5:4-1-0). If the track firms notably before jump, he might be just off them, but at the price is still great value. PLACE.
The Everest 2022 is scheduled as Randwick Race 7 at 4:15pm (AEDT).
*All The Everest odds quoted are provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change
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