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The Everest 2023 Barrier Draw & Final Field

Last updated: 10 Oct 2023
Bets.com.au Staff 10 Oct 2023
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  • The barrier draw has been conducted for The Everest
  • This $20 million dollar feature headlines Saturday's Randwick card
  • The 2023 edition will be run on October 14
  • Final field is included below
The Everest barriers
Think About It & Hawaii Five Oh are set to clash again in The Everest. (Getty)

A versatile galloper from the Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman stable that was prepared as a miler last spring, I Wish I Win (barrier 1) was kept to the sprinting caper in 2023 and it paid dividends with a third-up triumph in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes, which is contested over this track/trip.

With a return in the Memsie Stakes over 1400m and having been freshened up from that September 3 event, it has been an unconventional lead-up, albeit it was a planned route at the start of his campaign.

While his two Group 1 victories have come in the 1300m-1400m range, Think About It (barrier 5) secured an Everest slot following a feature win in the Kingsford-Smith Cup on May 27.

The Joe Pride-trained gelding made it ten wins from eleven starts overall when saluting first-up in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes on September 30.

Private Eye (barrier 9) is another key contender from the Joe Pride yard and after a disappointing autumn prep, he bounced back in style with a fresh win in The Shorts, having taken out that first-up assignment despite a wide run.

A six-year-old with a brilliant turn-of-foot, Private Eye finished second in last year's Everest, which he also contested second-up.

Promising entire Buenos Noches (barrier 8) resumed with an excellent win over the Randwick 1200m before catching the eye for third in The Shorts and he'll be suited back up to six-furlongs third-up.

Overpass (barrier 2) is one of the few natural leaders in the 2023 Everest and while he finished sixth in this feature last year, with map favours and better lead-up form this time around, the Bjorn Baker-trained sprinter is in the mix.

Through past winners in Yes Yes Yes and Giga Kick, three-year-olds have a decent record in The Everest, with the youngsters getting a decent weight pull on their older rivals, while Shinzo (barrier 6) and Cylinder (barrier 4) are the three-year-olds contesting the 2023 Everest.

Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott prepare both Hawaii Five Oh (barrier 10) and Alcohol Free (barrier 7), with the latter being the last runner confirmed for The Everest.

The Everest 2023 Barriers & Final Field

1I Wish I Win (NZ)Peter Moody & Katherine ColemanLuke Nolen158.5kg
2Private EyeJoseph PrideNash Rawiller958.5kg
3Think About ItJoseph Pride Sam Clipperton558.5kg
4MazuPeter & Paul SnowdenTommy Berry1158.5kg
5OverpassBjorn BakerJoshua Parr258.5kg
6Buenos NochesMatthew SmithDylan Gibbons (a)858.5kg
7Hawaii Five OhGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottJames McDonald 1058.5kg
8Alcohol Free (IRE)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Craig Williams756.5kg
9In SecretJames CummingsZac Purton1256.5kg
10EspionaChris Waller Hugh Bowman356.5kg
11ShinzoChris Waller Kerrin McEvoy653kg
12CylinderJames CummingsZac Lloyd (a)453kg

The Everest Winners

The Everest was first run and won in 2017, with this feature changing the Australian and international racing scene in the process.

With $20 million on offer via buyers purchasing 12 slots in the race, The Everest is a one-of-a-kind race in Australia held at Randwick every October and it is the richest turf race in the world.

The Everest is contested over 1200m at Royal Randwick and this sprint is run under weight-for-age conditions.

Both the 2017 and 2018 runnings were won by star sprinter Redzel, while Yes Yes Yes (2019), Classique Legend (2020), Nature Strip (2021) and Giga Kick (2022) have won the last four editions of The Everest.

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