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The Australian Turf Club has continued the revamping of its 2018 Sydney Spring Carnival by renaming it the Everest Carnival which will see the second running of the $13m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on the last day of the Carnival on October 13.

Redzel, above, will be trying to make it back to back wins in the 2018 The Everest at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Redzel, above, will be trying to make it back to back wins in the 2018 The Everest at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Head of Marketing, Chris Bevan, said that the ATC has taken on board the success of the innovative The Everest which was run and won for the first time in 2017 with the Team Snowden trained Redzel fuelling plenty of excitement with his three quarters of length win over Vega Magic.

Redzel and the Lindsay Park trained Vega Magic have already secured two of the twelve slots for the 2018 The Everest.

“The impact of The Everest in its first year across Sydney and the global racing community was astonishing and this rebrand of our Spring racing calendar to ‘‘Everest Carnival’’ will only further highlight the world-class racing and fantastic on-course experiences available at Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick over Spring,” Chris Bevan said.

“Everest Carnival” will run from Saturday 8 September and conclude on Saturday 13 October with the second running of the $13 million The Everest.”

The ATC has also introduced a new race to complement The Everest, the $1.3m The Kosciouszko (1200m) for country trained horses while the Group 3 $500,000 Sydney Stakes (1200m) will be run as a backup for The Everest.

The Everest Carnival opens with the Group 2 $200,000 The Run To The Rose (1200m) on Saturday 8 September which along with Group 1 $1m De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) on September 22 are the two features days at Rosehill Gardens.

Royal Randwick will host four Carnival days; Colgate Optic White Stakes Day (15 September), TAB Epsom Day on the October Long Weekend (29 September), Moët & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day (6 October) and concludes with The Everest on 13 October.

Confirmed runners for the 2018 The Everest: Trapeze Artist (Aquis, slot holder), In Her Time (TAB),  Redzel (Yulong Investments), Brave Smash (Chris Waller Racing), Shoals (The Star), English (Damion Flower), Santa Ana Lane (Inglis) and U S Navy Flag (Coolmore), Menari (Max Whitby), Vega Magic (James Harron), two remaining slots yet to be filled.

Early betting for the 2018 The Everest at Ladbrokes.com.au: $5 Trapeze Artist, $6.50 Redzel, $8 Nature Strip, Vega Magic, $10 Menari, U S Navy Flag, Kementari, $11 In Her Time,  Santa Ana Lane, $16 Shoals, Brave Smash, $26 English, $31 Happy Clapper,  $41 Winx, She Will Reign, $61 or better the rest.

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.