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An inside barrier draw sees multiple Group 1 winner Santa Ana Lane remain the favourite for the 2019 $14m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Santa Ana Lane, above, drew barrier two in the The Everest 2019 at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Santa Ana Lane, above, drew barrier two in the The Everest 2019 at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

The Anthony Freedman trained Santa Ana Lane drew barrier two in the twelve horse Everest field and will be ridden by Mark Zahra who has steered the seven year old to two of his five Group 1 wins.

Betting at Ladbrokes.com.au for The Everest has Santa Ana Lane marked as the $4.50 ahead of Arcadia Queen at $4.60 and Pierata at $5.50.

The Chris Waller trained Arcadia Queen (James McDonald) is challenging Santa Ana Lane for favouritism after drawing barrier three while trainer Greg Hickman was happy to get the rails gate for Pierata (Tommy Berry).

“Pretty happy about it,” Hickman told Racenet.

“We got barrier one at the Magic Millions. We will just be able to come out, they will be going hell for leather and we will just hold our position and might even just get off the fence a little bit.”

“We will leave that to Tommy. I would rather have barrier one than barrier twelve.”

“We will have him nice and fresh on the day and he will be able to go wherever he wants to be.”

Waller will saddle up three runners in The Everest and as well as Arcadia Queen, will have Nature Strip, who drew the outside gate while the only three year old in the field , Yes Yes Yes, came up with barrier nine.

Two times The Everest winner Redzel drew around mid-field at barrier seven with regular rider Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle again while the James Cummings pair of Trekking and Alizee drew barriers five and ten respectively.

The Everest field also has four emergencies and if there is a scratching, the slot holder of that scratched horse can choose one of the reserves to run in their slot.

Final field and barrier draw for The Everest 2019

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 5161x514x2 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 2 58.5kg 120
2 13x5251x21 PIERATA Gregory Hickman Tommy Berry 1 58.5kg 118
3 15x2862x13 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 7 58.5kg 118
4 18x1014x41 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller Tim Clark 12 58.5kg 115
5 4x41131x81 TREKKING James Cummings Joshua Parr 5 58.5kg 114
6 1131×23 CLASSIQUE LEGEND Les Bridge Nash Rawiller 8 58.5kg 110
7 111×5416 TEN SOVEREIGNS (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 11 58kg 115
8 x111306x13 ALIZEE James Cummings Hugh Bowman 10 56.5kg 116
9 1x3113x531 SUNLIGHT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 6 56.5kg 116
10 39x372x16x IN HER TIME Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 4 56.5kg 115
11 113111×1 ARCADIA QUEEN Chris Waller James McDonald 3 56.5kg 110
12 211x17x22 YES YES YES Chris Waller Glen Boss 9 53kg 96
13e 111x3621x1 BRUTAL (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 0 58.5kg 112
14e x214x70x52 HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) James Cummings 0 58.5kg 110
15e 3178447×32 CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES Bjorn Baker 0 56.5kg 106
16e 415x2221x8 BRAVE SONG Peter & Paul Snowden 0 58.5kg 105

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.