Sydney sprint to become country's richest race

Jockey Tommy Berry on Chautauqua shouts to the crowd after winning the TJ Smith Stakes last year.
Jockey Tommy Berry on Chautauqua shouts to the crowd after winning the TJ Smith Stakes last year. DAVID MOIR

SYDNEY will host the world's richest thoroughbred race on turf with the introduction of the $10 million The Everest to be run at Royal Randwick during October.

The Everest is set to attract the best racehorses from around the world for the 1200m sprint.

Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys confirmed the $10 million race would be run on October 14 during Sydney's spring carnival.

The Everest's $10 million stakes money replaces the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup as the nation's richest race.

The only races with more prizemoney are the $US12 million Pegasus World Cup run in Florida and the $US10 million Dubai World Cup. Both of those northern hemisphere races are run on dirt tracks.

The Everest will be run under weight-for-age conditions.

Australian sprinters are generally regarded as among the best in the world but have needed to travel overseas to race at England's Royal Ascot or Hong Kong's Sha Tin to prove themselves.

During the past decade or so Australian champions such as Black Caviar, Takeover Target, Miss Andretti and Chautauqua have travelled to the northern hemisphere and beaten the best in the world.

But The Everest now provides an opportunity for Aussie sprinters to race in their own backyard and take on the best overseas sprinters.

The massive prizemoney for The Everest will be predominantly funded by a huge entry fee of about $600,000.

The field will have a maximum of 12 runners and those buying an entry secure a start in the race. This entry can be leased or on-sold to others wanting to race for The Everest's huge prizemoney and prestige.



Trainer: M, W & J Hawkes

Record: 24 starts; 12-6-2. Prizemoney: $6,579,435

Australia's highest-rated sprinter has won five Group 1 sprints during his career, including back-to-back TJ Smith Stakes. The grey flash proved himself on the world stage by winning last year's Chairmans Sprint in Hong Kong.


Trainer: John O'Shea

Record: 8; 5-2-0. Prizemoney: $1,179,050

Godolphin's star three-year-old colt won the Group 1 Golden Rose last spring.


Trainer: Mick Price

Record: 6; 3-2-1. Prizemoney: $1,266,000

Quality colt upstaged the best young sprinters in the country to win the Coolmore Stud Stakes in the spring. Was placed in the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper as a two-year-old.


Trainer: Bryce Heys

Record: 9; 5-2-0. Prizemoney: $399,650

Emerging sprinter was unlucky second in the Group 1 Darley Classic in the spring.


Trainer: Mick Price

Record: 6; 4-0-0. Prizemoney: $1,666,250

Blue Diamond Stakes winner started his three-year-old season with a stunning win against the older horses in the Group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley.


Trainer: M, W & J Hawkes

Record: 9; 3-2-2. Prizemoney: $652,300

Showed his sprinting talents with victory in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes. Ran third to Flying Artie in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.


Trainer: Matthew Dale

Record: 19; 9-4-2. Prizemoney: $1,367,170

Emerged as one of Australia's most consistent sprinters with placings in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate, TJ Smith Stakes, Manikato Stakes and Darley Classic in the past 12 months.


Trainer: Peter Gelagotis

Record: 23; 12-3-0. Prizemoney: $1,574,600

Won the Group 1 Darley Classic in the spring then kicked off his autumn campaign with victory in the Group 2 Australia Stakes last week.

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