Everest to claim Melbourne Cup?


Aidan O’Brien will be making another assault, along with his son Joseph, on this year’s Melbourne Cup. The northern hemisphere 3YOs are certainly the ones to watch on the lead up to the first flights out to Australia and today we are looking at the lightly raced colt, Mount Everest.

A year is a long time in racing and for Mount Everest that is well and truly the case. Ending 2018 losing the Group 2 Beresford Stakes by a neck to Japan, who is now the 2nd favourite in Arc markets, Mount Everest returned to racing first up over 2400m and was impressive to the eye. Held up for a run entering the straight, Mount Everest gave rivals a significant distance advantage at the top of the straight and only shown the whip once the whole way behind Norway and Buckhurst to get within a length of victory.

Ryan Moore retained the ride that day even though the horse wasn’t fancied in betting with the winning stablemate Norway starting favourite. I simply love the stride on this horse and there is little doubt in my mind that Mount Everest is crying out for the 3200m, if the stable choose to go that way with the horse.

Mount Everest currently holds entries for the Arc, Long Distance Cup and Melbourne Cup. The stable have taken the first step in nominating for the race. Sitting currently with 50kg and as the 131st ballet, Mount Everest will need to gain a run through a qualifying race, or impress in a next start distance race over in the UK before heading out to Australia.

Betting wise, this is currently a watch and wait situation. Keep Mount Everest in the blackbook. For the thrill seekers, take some of the overs once the horse wins a quality distance lead in race. For those wanting greater assurances, wait until the horse is on the plane. This will always be a risky bet with a qualification race win or weight required, but if Mount Everest is as good as Japan, this could be the best weighted Melbourne Cup horse in the field.

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