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The betting for the 2018 $13m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday has been suspended until after the barrier draw has been made public at tonight’s event on the shores of Sydney Harbour.

Trapeze Artist, above, is one of the top fancies for The Everest 2018 at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Trapeze Artist, above, is one of the top fancies for The Everest 2018 at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Racing New South Wales along with the New South Wales Government have arranged to have the barrier draw for The Everest to be illuminated on the sails of the Opera House which has come in for some heavy criticism from groups opposing the display.

To avoid any breach of security that could disrupt the event, Racing New South Wales stewards have already conducted the barrier draw behind closed door and will be released at tonight’s function.

Racing New South Wales Stewards have also ordered that all betting for The Everest to be suspended until the tonight’s Opera House display has been completed.

Racing New South released the following statement outlining their decision in relation to the barrier draw of the twelve slot runner plus the six emergencies for the 2018 The Everest.

“Racing NSW Stewards today have conducted the barrier draw for the 2018 The TAB Everest in preparation for this evening’s barrier draw event.

“Racing NSW has made the decision to conduct the draw prior to the event to circumvent any security risks that may exist.

“The results of the barrier draw have been held in confidence by Racing NSW Stewards to ensure they are not publicly known until this evening.

“To avoid any perceived integrity risk, Racing NSW has determined that all betting on the 2018 The TAB Everest be suspended commencing at 12pm today (9 October 2018), until the final barriers have been publicly displayed this evening.

“Racing NSW Stewards shall advise all wagering operators this evening when they may recommence betting on the event.”

Confirmed runners for the 2018 The EverestTrapeze Artist (Aquis, slot holder), In Her Time (TAB),  Redzel (Yulong Investments), Brave Smash (Chris Waller Racing), Shoals (The Star), Viddora (Damion Flower), Santa Ana Lane (Inglis), U S Navy Flag (Coolmore), Vega Magic (James Harron), Le Romain (GPI Racing) and  Graff (Max Whitby), Home Of The Brave (ATC ) plus six emergencies: Clearly Innocent, Dothraki, Jungle Edge, Osborne Bulls, Pierata  and Spright.

Pre-post betting for the 2018 The Everest at Ladbrokes.com.au: $6.50 Santa Ana Lane, $7 Trapeze Artist, Vega Magic, $7.50 In Her Time, Redzel, $9 Shoals, $11 U S Navy Flag, $13 Viddora, Brave Smash, $14 Graff, $16 Home Of The Brave, $21 Le Romain.

Final twelve runners plus six emergencies for the 2018 The Everest

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 11x2124x15 REDZEL G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 1 58.5kg 118
2 110x45291x U S NAVY FLAG (USA) H 4 Aidan O’Brien 2 58kg 117
3 x6x0311x51 SANTA ANA LANE G 6 Anthony Freedman 3 58.5kg 116
4 x74232x172 LE ROMAIN G 6 Kris Lees 4= 58.5kg 115
5 0x14311x34 TRAPEZE ARTIST H 4 Gerald Ryan 4= 58.5kg 115
6 11257x8x14 VEGA MAGIC G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 4= 58.5kg 115
7 x112x139x3 IN HER TIME M 6 Kris Lees 7= 56.5kg 114
8 21x81x1x32 SHOALS M 4 Anthony Freedman 7= 56.5kg 114
9 x2411x20x1 VIDDORA M 6 Lloyd Kennewell 7= 56.5kg 114
10 531270×332 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) H 6 Darren Weir 10 58.5kg 112
11 1x1230x214 HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) G 7 James Cummings 11 58.5kg 111
12 11×123 GRAFF C 3 Kris Lees 12 53kg 94
13 3x385x666x CLEARLY INNOCENT G 7 Kris Lees 13 58.5kg 109
14 272123×015 DOTHRAKI G 8 Peter & Paul Snowden 14= 58.5kg 108
15 0081243697 JUNGLE EDGE G 8 Mick Bell 14= 58.5kg 108
16 121122×129 PIERATA H 4 Gregory Hickman 14= 58.5kg 108
17 1x13121x15 OSBORNE BULLS G 5 James Cummings 17= 58.5kg 106
18 0x108661x3 SPRIGHT M 5 Garry Frazer 17= 56.5kg 106

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.