Aquis breeding operation has announced that the Tony McEvoy-trained Dollar For Dollar will be their representative in Saturday’s $15 million The Everest.
The eight-year-old has been in good form this preparation finishing second at his past two starts behind The Everest rival Behemoth in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes before being beaten narrowly in the Gilgai Stakes at Flemington behind Zoutori.
In that race, he beat home two other The Everest rivals in Tofane, who finished fifth and Santa Ana Lane, who was sixth.
Tim Clark will be the rider for Dollar For Dollar after previously being booked for Farnan.
The slot became available again after Racing NSW stewards announced late on Monday that Golden Slipper winner Farnan had been taken out of the big race.
“Co-trainer Mr A. Bott and Aquis managing director Mr S. McGrath have advised Racing NSW Stewards that a meeting between the slot holder Aquis and the owners of farnan have determined that the colt will not take its place in the TAB Everest field,” the statement from chief steward Marc Van Gestel said.
Earlier in the day the Adrian Bott and Gai Waterhouse stable had been confident Farnan could still play a part in Saturday’s Everest after being given the green light to take his place in the richest race on turf at Randwick.
Farnan was subject to a Racing NSW veterinary inspection on Monday morning after the stable reported last Wednesday that the Golden Slipper winner had bruising to his off fore foot.
Racing NSW Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Toby Koenig ran the microscope over Farnan and gave the three-year-old the tick of approval to take his place in the main event later this week.
“He was given a thorough trot up and our vet found he was suitable to start on the weekend,” Racing NSW chief steward Marc Van Gestel said.
However all that changed late in the afternoon when Farnan was officially taken out and bookmakers were asked to take the star colt out of the markets.
It remains to be seen which horse will represent the Aquis slot holders but there is some talk it could well be one out of left field.
The withdrawal came as it was announced that Haut Brion Her had been selected for the 12th Everest slot.
Sydney’s premier trainer Chris Waller said on Monday morning he reached an agreement to sell his slot in a one-year deal to Victorian stud Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, the birthplace of Haut Brion Her.
The talented mare will be ridden by Brenton Avdulla in The Everest.
Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, the picturesque Victorian stud property, races Haut Brion Her with part-owner Gary Johnson.
The mare has been installed as the rank outsider for Saturday’s big race at $26.
In other Everest news:
# There are eight individual Group 1 winners of 17 Group 1 races in the Everest field.
# The combined stakes-winnings of the 12 sprinters amounts to nearly $30 million.
# Santa Ana Lane is lining up in his third successive The Everest, having run sixth in 2018 and second last year.
# Haut Brion Her joins Tofane as the only mares in the race.
Haut Brion Her’s announcement means Waller Racing now has two stable representatives in the Everest field, with Nature Strip racing in the TAB-owned slot. Last year the Waller stable won the event with three-year-old colt Yes Yes Yes.
“It’s incredibly exciting for the whole Waller Racing team to see two of our stable stars line-up as genuine chances in the 2020 Everest,” Waller said.
“Haut Brion Her has showed her brilliant speed this preparation with a superb win in the Sheraco Stakes and I know she is capable of giving this race a shake-up.
“Her work has been faultless the last two weeks which gives me great confidence that she will be primed to put in a big performance on Saturday.”
Three Bridges Thoroughbreds spokesman Peter Liston said there it was exciting to have their talented homebred lining up in the prestigious sprint.
“Since the day she was born Haut Brion Her has been a very special filly and showed us early on she had talent to burn on the track,” Liston said.
“At Three Bridges we take a very natural approach to raising our young horses, focusing on growing quality, strong horses in large open paddocks.
“The results of those principles are exemplified by Haut Brion Her, who will now tackle the highest-rated sprint in the world. It’s very exciting and we couldn’t be prouder of this wonderful mare.”
THE EVEREST 2020
Haut Brion Her (Three Bridges)
Nature Strip (slot-holders TAB),
Classique Legend (Bon Ho),
Santa Ana Lane (Coolmore),
Behemoth (The Star),
Trekking (Max Whitby and Neil Werrett),
Libertini (James Harron)
Dollar For Dollar (Aquis)
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Originally published as Everest shock: $15m Dollar climb to stardom