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.
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|