The Everest race day at Royal Randwick will be the first major event since the end of Sydney’s lockdown.
A COVID-safe proposal from the Australian Turf Club to have one person for every four square meters was given the green light by the NSW government.
Only 5,000 people are allowed to attend major events under the NSW roadmap with the state’s vaccination rate of 70 percent double dose.
ATC will now redistribute tickets to members on the waiting list and make further use of outdoor areas for the event, which will require patrons to provide proof of full vaccination status when entering Royal Randwick.
Back on the track, while Browning’s famous mule caught the eye, the ribs on Lost And Running – a good sign that a horse is fit and ready to top.
But just as the 23-year-old Browning’s Tokyo experience will help him get better again when the Paris Games roll around in 2024, O’Shea knows that Lost And Running hopes to win the $ 15 million Everest will be more realistic in 12 months’ time.
“Under normal circumstances, next year will be his best year, but we would not miss this opportunity to spice him up,” O’Shea told Herald.
“I am a great student in history. If you look at Classique Legend, he had to run in an The Everest to win one. Rugby league teams often lose a grand final to win one. We think he will run very well on Saturday, but the race will lay the foundation for next year and he will be more experienced again.
“He has not had ten career races and we are very proud of what he has already done. The natural improvement he will make from his second race to his third race [this campaign] will see him be competitive. I gave Hugh a promise that I would have the horse ready for the day – and he would be ready for the day. ”
Lost And Running cost only $ 40,000, and one of the last times O’Shea spent similar money was on his popular gray Racing To Win, which went on to raise nearly $ 3.7 million in prize money.
He rated The Everest “the fifth major” and unlike the Melbourne Cup, where the Australian public no longer had any idea about the race because “they do not know who the horses are”.
“In this race we know the horses, we can follow their form for 12 months, the money is big, but the transactions’ conspiracies, who chooses which horse, that’s what makes it so interesting,” O’Shea said. “The purists will say this race is not a major, but everyone else says it is.”
Bowman said Lost And Running had “gone from schoolboy footy to first class in one preparation” but had to find again to be competitive as he ran for slow owners TAB.
He judged the Nature Strip horse to strike in a red-hot field, and the key to jockeys riding in the mega-rich Sydney spring function was “to keep your nerve” and not go too early.
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