Internationally acclaimed English based jockey Jamie Spencer and Sydney’s Tim Clark finalise the riding line up for the $10m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 14.
Lightweight jockey Tim Clark was snapped up to partner Lindsay Park’s third Everest runner Tulip while Englishman Jamie Spencer was booked to ride Japanese import Brave Smash.
Spencer has been successful in Australia in the past with a win on Side Glance in the 2013 Group 1 $1m Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington and ATC Executive General Manager of Racing James Heddo said Spencer’s riding style would suit Brave Smash who is filling the Australian Turf Club’s slot.
“Brave Smash has a racing pattern that will benefit from an experienced rider and Jamie Spencer fits that criteria perfectly,’’ Heddo said.
“Jamie has ridden for Australian Bloodstock successfully in the past and the ATC is very excited to have Jamie visit Australia again to take part in a race which is attracting huge interest across the world.’’
Victoria’s leading trainer Darren Weir took over the training of Brave Smash when he arrived in Australia from Japan and the five year old has one win and two seconds from three starts.
Brave Smash found the winner’s stall two starts back in the Listed $120,000 Bendigo Bank Stakes (1200m) at The Valley on September 9 but was then beaten as favourite when runner up to Bons Away in the Listed $120,000 Testa Rossa Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on September 23.
Tulip was selected to represent slot holders Coolmore and will join stablemates Vega Magic and Redkirk Warrior in making up the twelve runners of The Everest.
Tulip was among the top level two year olds during her juvenile year and finished third behind She Will Reign and Frolic in the Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill during the 2017 Sydney Autumn Carnival.
The Pierro filly’s latest run saw her finish fourth to Alizee in the Group 2 $200,000 McGrath Estate Agents Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on September 16.
Early betting for The Everest at Ladbrokes.com.au has Brave Smash ($26) and Tulip ($51) as two of the outsiders of the field while Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign heads up the market order at $4.60.
Early market order for The Everest at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4.60 She Will Reign, $6 Chautauqua, Vega Magic, $7.50 Redzel, Redkirk Warrior, $8 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