Does The Everest Need Aethero? - Can the ATC lure the sprinting star?
Justin Darcy discusses whether Hong Kong sprinter Aethero is a chance for the 2020 Everest.
Trainer John Moore (L) has an Everest sized decision to make with his star sprinter (Getty Images)
Does The Everest Need Aethero?
The sprinting scene has been hit with a bang in Hong Kong on the weekend after Aethero demolished the field in the Group Two Jockey Club Sprint at Sha Tin.
Aethero has been the buzz horse of Sha Tin since his unbeaten debut campaign, and after last week's scintillating G2 win, focus now shifts on whether he's not Hong Kong's top sprinter, but the world's best.
His natural progression would see him land Hong Kong Sprint in December, but there has also been talk of him making his way to the land of Oz for a crack at the $13 million Everest next year.
Even without confirmation online bookmaker Ladbrokes already has Aethero ($10) on the third line of betting behind Exceedance and Yes Yes Yes at $8.
Should the ATC be snapping at the heels of connections to state that they want a slice of the Everest to add a new texture to the field, or is the sprinter just the current boom horse that will flop in his next couple of starts?
First, if he reproduces his performance from the Jockey Club Sprint, the Hong Kong Sprint in December is his for the taking.
This means he would be a hot commodity coming over for the Everest. Does that make him a winning hope?
Not a chance.
His win was awesome, but was it better than Nature Strip in the VRC Sprint, or Santa Ana Lane's TJ win, or even Yes Yes Yes in this year's Everest?
The answer is no.
He is yet to win at the highest level, yet people are saying he is clearly the world's best sprinter, placing him above the aforementioned multiple Group One winners.
The hype around this horse after the win was strong, in fact I would say the hype would have said he would beat Almond Eye in the Hong Kong Cup on the same day.
Let's see this bloke demolish, and, I mean seriously demolish, this Hong Kong Sprint field before we even think about him from an Everest perspective and what he could add to this race full of Australia's best sprinters, all proven at the highest level.
Let's not forget how easy our champion sprinter Chautauqua went over to Hong Kong and embarrassed the field in the 2016 Group One Chairman's Sprint. Sprinting is Australia's strength and it would take an almighty horse to defeat our best on home soil.
Aethero from a marketing standpoint would be liquid gold, just don't take the fool's gold approach and back him based off the Hong Kong Sprint.