Flip-flopping favourites in The Everest ante-post market

Redzel

The Everest may be in its infancy but it’s fast becoming one of the most popular races on the Australian sporting schedule with followers of the international scene noting the 13th October date in their diary.

Decided over 1200 metres on the turf of Randwick Racecourse, there’s a jaw-dropping prize pot on offer with $10 million Australian dollars to be shared out, making it the richest race of its kind in the world. That ensures we see the biggest and best names from the sport of gentlemen in attendance with a staggering number of bets placed on the outcome around the globe.

Redzel was the winner of the only other running in 2017 when doing the business for the training team of Peter and Paul Snowden with jockey Kerrin McEvoy of Streaky Bay in the saddle. Can the five-year-old gelding do it again? Of course. Will he do it again? Bookmakers certainly think so and have a successful defence placed at the head of the market.

He’s the ante-post jolly but he’s not expected to get things all his own way on the day, and those with a keen interest in how things are shaping up may be left scratching their head, with Trapeze Artist a joint-fav. Both runners are available around the $6.00 mark and many are using a free bet through Oddschecker to offer some insurance when picking a side.

Gerald Ryan’s progressive three-year-old is coming on leaps and bounds, bringing a fearsome recent record to course that saw him claim victory at this track twice in April. He held off rival Redzel to win the Group One Darley T J Smith Stakes on April 7th and made a quick-fire return to the winner’s enclosure when scoring the Group One Schweppes All Aged Stakes two weeks later, going to post a convincing $2.30 favourite.

Followers of the market certainly got their money’s worth that day and there will be more than a few eager to continue that support, many getting on with the profits from that deadly double.

Vega Magic

Looking further down the list you’ll find the world-famous Vega Magic who is another who owes backers nothing. The well-bred five-year-old was sensational when landing the Group One Darley Goodwood last May, seeing off runner-up Missrock at Morphettville.

He was unable to make history by breaking an age-old record of doing two-in-a-row when ending no better than eighth in this year’s renewal but that resulted in his price for The Everest easing considerable. He’ll catch the eye of value hunters.

June 15, 2018: Posted in Blog No Comments

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