The Lindsay Park trained Redkirk Warrior will fill the slot owned by the Star Entertainment Group in the $10m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 14.
Lindsay Park head trainer David Hayes, who runs the operation with his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig, said that Redkirk Warrior had been targeted towards The Everest since the Autumn Carnival and now that he has been confirmed as a slot holder will be the one to beat.
“Redkirk Warrior has been targeted at The Everest since winning the Newmarket in March,’’ Hayes told The Daily Telegraph.
“He was dominant when he won the Bobbie Lewis and I expect him to be at his peak in The Everest. He will be the horse that everyone has to beat.”
Redkirk Warrior proved that he was an exceptional sprinter with a first up win in the Group 1 $1.25m Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington during the 2017 Melbourne Autumn Carnival and resumed form a spell for another first up win in the Group 2 $200,000 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) at Flemington on September 16.
Stablemate Vega Magic has also been confirmed a contender for The Everest and will race for slot holder Max Whitby.
Vega Magic has won two Group 1 races for the Lindsay Park Team since arriving from Western Australia, the Group 1 $1m Darley Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville during the 2017 Autumn Carnival and the Group 1 $1m New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 2.
Confirmed contenders for The Everest.
Deploy – Trained by Gerald Ryan, Slot holder Chris Waller
Redzel – Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, Slot holder James Harron
Brave Smash – Trained by Darren Weir, Slot holder Australian Turf Club
Houtzen – Trained by Toby Edmonds, Slot holder Aquis Farm
Fell Swoop – Trained by Matt Dale, Slot holder Inglis
She Will Reign – Trained by Gary Portelli, Slot holder Yu Long Investments
English – Trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, Slot holder TAB
Chautauqua – Trained by Team Hawkes, Slot holder Greg Ingham (GPI Racing)
Redkirk Warrior – Trained by Lindsay Park, Slot holder Star Entertainment Group
Vega Magic _ Trained by Lindsay Park, Slot holder Max Whitby
Early market order for The Everest at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4.60 Chautauqua, $6.50 Vega Magic, Redzel, $8 Redkirk Warrior, $9 She Will Reign, $11 Deploy, $13 English, Russian Revolution, $15 Brave Smash, $21 Houtzen, $26 Clearly Innocent, $34 Fell Swoop, Spieth, Terravista, In Her Time, $41 or better the rest.