Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

Trekking and Embracer, two warhorses in Sydney racing, have been selected for the final two slots in the $ 15 million The TAB Everest at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Godolphin considered the young gun Paulele, but decided that Trekking deserved a third chance to win the world’s richest turf.

Then, slot owner James Kennedy made his move late in the day to lock Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Embracer inside to complete the 12-horse field for The Everest.

Kennedy, who was left without a runner when Rothfire was pulled back with injury, said he had been in discussions with various coaches but is familiar with his decision to go with Embracer.

“Everest is a high-pressure race and I wanted a tough, experienced sprinter,” Kennedy said.

“I feel that he has had a good start on The Everest, and Gai and the Adrian stable have had a good spring so far.

“I’m confident Embracer will deliver a good, tough performance and I really think any of the 12 runners have a chance to win the race this year, it’s so open. ”

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Embracer has earned its place in The Everest. Image: Jenny Evans – Getty Images

Embracer has been in good form without winning this spring and finished as number two in Show County Quality and Theo Marks Stakes before his close third to the excellent Masked Crusader in the Premiere Stakes last start.

Bott said Embracer would go into The Everest in top form, but the stable was still determining a rider for the sprinter.

With the forecast for more rain in Sydney this week, the surface of the Randwick runway is likely to be within the soft area, for The Everest and Embracer are effective on wet runs.

Godolphin’s brain trust, including CEO Vin Cox and coach James Cummings, met early Monday before announcing that Trekking would run in their Everest castle.

Cummings confirmed the Trekkinges’ proven ability to handle the pressure from The Everest gave the gelding the edge.

Trekking has contested the last two Everests and finished in third place with Yes Yes Yes in 2019 and then fourth behind Classique Legend last year, and Cummings believes the veteran sprinter is a legitimate “top three chance” Saturday.

“Trekking will have to run excellently to be top three, but if the road he goes continues and we are very happy with him, if things go his way he can run top three,” Cummings told Sky Racing’s. This Week, Next week Monday night.

“This is going to be a very solid test and we can see a horse‘ jumping ’under the pressure of this race, but Trekking is the type of horse that can absorb that kind of pressure and that is the way we have prepared him.

“We are convinced that we have the right horse and he is the type of horse that is very reliable and we feel he can run a very, very naughty race.”

Trekking, which will be ridden by Josh Parr, costs $ 21 for The Everest behind the $ 4 favorite Classique Legend. The Godolphin sprinter enters The Everest after a lucky third to Wild Ruler and The Inferno in Group 1 Moir Stakes, a form line that Cummings believes ensures the gelding is competitive again on Saturday.

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Connections felt that Everest arrived a year too early for the excellent three-year-old Paulele. Image: Mark Evans – Getty Images

Cummings explained that brilliant three-year-old Paulele had come through his Roman consular effort victory in very good order, but felt that Everest might be a year too early for the young sprinter.

“Paulele is being saved for the Manikato Stakes,” Cummings said.

“But if he keeps going the way he is going at the moment, I would not say it past him to be a candidate for our Everest castle next year.”

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