Injury plagued sprinter Menari will get a second chance at stud duties after being ruled out of the 2019 $14m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 19 because of a recurring leg problem.
Menari was retired to stand at Newgate Farm for the 2018 breeding season after suffering a tendon injury in the lead up to the 2018 The Everest, but after a low percentage rate of his mares getting in foal, it was decided to put the son of Snitzel back into work for the 2019 Spring.
Trainer Gerald Ryan had earmarked the 2019 The Everest as Menari’s major Spring goal but a recurrence of the tendon injury will see the stallion return to Newgate Farm for a chance to redeem his stud credentials after only getting twenty of his seventy mares he served in foal.
“I’m devastated that Menari gone amiss as I honestly feel he could have won The Everest,” Ryan told AAP.
“He is one of the most talented horses I have ever had anything to do with.”
Newgate Farm managing director Henry Field has put a service of $15,000 for Menari and is hoping this season will bring better results for the talented sprinter.
“Menari obviously has machine-like talent, is by the champion sire (Snitzel) and hails from the famous Corumbene stud pedigree,” Field said.
“We will be doing everything under the sun to manage Menari’s fertility in 2019 and at a fee of $15,000 + GST he represents phenomenal value.”
Menari’s racetrack record stood at three wins from eight starts with his best efforts being a win in the Group 2 $200,000 The Run To The Rose (1200m) and a third to his stablemate Trapeze Artist in the Group 1 $1m De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill during the 2017 Sydney Spring Carnival.
T J Smith Stakes winner Santa Ana Lane heads the market order for the 2019 The Everest at $5.50 at Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of Group 1 bridesmaid Osborne Bulls at $6, multiple Group 1 winner Sunlight at $7 and All Aged Stakes winner Pierata at $8.
Early betting for the 2019 The Everest at Ladbrokes.com.au: $5.50 Santa Ana Lane, $6 Osborne Bulls, $7 Sunlight, $8 Pierata, $10 Classique Legend, $11 Brutal, $13 Alizee, Blue Point, In Her Time, $15 Nature Strip, $17 Graff, $18 Redzel, $21 Hot King Prawn, Vega Magic, $26 or better the rest.