Lindsay Park head trainer David Hayes has warned punters not to dismiss outsider Tulip in the $10m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Tulip, at $51 with Ladbrokes.com.au, is the longest price of the three runners that the Lindsay Park Team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig will saddle up in the world’s richest race on turf.
Memsie Stakes winner Vega Magic at $6 and last start Bobby Lewis Stakes winner Redkirk Warrior at $8 are the better fancied Lindsay Park runners in The Everest market order.
While Tulip’s recent form looks ordinary on paper with a last start fourth in the Group 2 $200,000 McGrath Estate Agents Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on September 16, Hayes said that now he has trained her as a sprinter and reflects on her two year old form, he is expecting her to be a threat with only 51kg at weight for age for being a three year old filly.
During her juvenile season, Tulip finished third to The Everest $4.60 favourite She Will Reign in the Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill during the 2017 Sydney Autumn Carnival.
“She had a good two-year-old sprint record and she wasn’t far off She Will Reign in the Golden Slipper,” Hayes said.
“I tested her in private for the Coolmore team and lined her up against some of our other Group One sprinters like Sheidel.
“That gave us a good guide at Lindsay Park and I can tell you she came through it with flying colours.
“She’s not there for practice.”
Tulip will run in The Everest for slot holder Coolmore while Redkirk Warrior will run for The Star and Vega Magic will be representing Max Whitby.
The Gary Portelli trained She Will Reign will take up Yu Long Investments’ slot and the Manhattan Rain filly heads into The Everest on the back of a first up win in the Group 1 $500,000 Charter Keck Cramer Moir Stakes (1000m) at The Valley on September 29.
Tim Clark has picked up the ride on Tulip in The Everest while light weight jockey Corey Brown will be having his first ride on She Will Reign.
Early market order for The Everest at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4.60 She Will Reign, $6 Chautauqua, Vega Magic, $7.50 Redzel, $8 Redkirk Warrior, English, $11 Clearly Innocent, $12 Deploy, $26 Brave Smash, Houtzen, $51 Tulip, Fell Swoop.
Final contenders for the The Everest.
Deploy – Trained by Gerald Ryan, Jockey Josh Parr, Slot holder Chris Waller
Redzel – Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, Jockey Kerrin McEvoy, Slot holder James Harron
Brave Smash – Trained by Darren Weir, Jockey Jamie Spencer, Slot holder Australian Turf Club
Houtzen – Trained by Toby Edmonds, Jockey Jeff Lloyd, Slot holder Aquis Farm
Fell Swoop – Trained by Matt Dale, Jockey Tye Angland, Slot holder Inglis
She Will Reign – Trained by Gary Portelli, Jockey Corey Brown, Slot holder Yu Long Investments
English – Trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, Blake Shinn, Jockey Slot holder TAB
Chautauqua – Trained by Team Hawkes, Jockey Brenton Avdulla, Slot holder Greg Ingham (GPI Racing)
Redkirk Warrior – Trained by Lindsay Park, Regan Bayliss, Jockey Slot holder Star Entertainment Group
Tulip – Trainer by Lindsay Park, Jockey Tim Clark, Slot holder Coolmore
Vega Magic _ Trained by Lindsay Park, Jockey Craig Williams, Slot holder Max Whitby
Clearly Innocent – Trained by Kris Less, Jockey Hugh Bowman, Slot holder Damion Flower