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2019 Everest - Can Santa Ana Lane justify favouritism to win $14 million sprint?

$14 million is on the line in The Everest, which runs at Randwick this Saturday
Santa Ana Lane
Santa Ana Lane is the top pick to win The Everest at Randwick. (Getty Images)

The Everest


  • DateSat 17 Oct, 2020
  • Race Time16:00
  • RacecourseRandwick
  • Race Distance1200 metres
  • ConditionsWeight-for-age + Entry Fee
  • StatusNon-Listed
  • Prize Money$14 Million

2019 The Everest Tips & Best Bets


The Everest is a race that captures the imagination of racing fans. $14 million is on the line at Randwick this Saturday and the best sprinters are in action.

Redzel has won the first two editions of The Everest and he will be looking to add a third. However, the field in 2019 is red hot and he’ll have his work cut out.

12 of the best sprinters in the world line up in The Everest and there’s some great value on offer with bookmakers.

2019 Everest Odds


Horse
Odds
Santa Ana Lane4.60
Pierata6.50
Redzel10.00
Nature Strip26.00
Trekking23.00
Classique Legend15.00
Ten Sovereigns23.00
Alizee13.00
Sunlight13.00
In Her Time26.00
Arcadia Queen5.50
Yes Yes Yes8.00
Odds courtesy of BetEasy

2019 Everest Best Bet – Santa Ana Lane @ $4.60


That was a huge run from Santa Ana Lane to finish second in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes and he’s our top pick.

The Anthony Freedman-trained seven-year-old has won 10 of his 35 starts and has really emerged as one of the world’s best sprinters over the last few years.

Despite running sixth in The Everest last season, he followed that up with some amazing performances. 

He won the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic and TJ Smith Stakes before heading to Hong Kong.

He finished fourth in the Chairman’s Sprint Prize but he was always going to struggle after travelling.

Punters have come for Santa Ana Lane in the betting markets and he should give a great sight at Randwick.


2019 Everest Best Each Way – Pierata @ $6.50


Pierata’s chances aren’t helped by the inside draw, but he’s in fine form and should be considered.

The Greg Hickman-trained five-year-old won The Shorts in fine style to prepare for The Everest and that form looks good.

He’s a runner which will get back in the run and work into the race around the home turn. If jockey Tommy Berry can get off the rail early, that’s going to help his chances significantly.

There is always plenty of speed in this race and that should allow Berry to find a good spot to launch his run.

Punters have lost confidence. His odds have drifted from $5 to $6.50, but that means more value for each-way punters.

We’re happy with those odds and we’re happy with the ability of Pierata.


2019 Everest Best Roughie – Redzel @ $10


There is no way we’re leaving out two-time Everest winner Redzel. No other horse has won this race, so to get double-figure odds is great.

He was a winner of the Concorde Stakes fresh up before battling away for third in The Shorts.

There is nothing wrong with his form and we can’t quite believe his odds. 

Redzel is control the race out front and give his customary kick at the top of the straight.

When is The Everest?

The 2019 Everest runs on Saturday, October 19.

What time is The Everest?

The 2019 Everest runs at 4:15pm local time.

What is The Everest prizemoney?

$14 million is on offer for The Everest. It's the richest race in Australia and the money is split between the trainer, owners and slot holders depending on their agreement.

Who is The Everest favourite?

Santa Ana Lane is the current Everest favourite over Arcadia Queen and Pierata.

Who won the 2018 Everest?

Redzel remained unbeaten in The Everest when winning in 2018.

Verdict

Santa Ana Lane is a proven Group 1 sprinter and that experience is going to help. He's a multiple Group 1 winner in Australia and not every Everest runner has that on their record.

Pierata must be considered on his form this season and there's no chance we're ruling out two-time Everest winner Redzel at odds.

Best Bet: Santa Ana Lane @ 4.60 at bet365 - 7 Units
Best Each Way: Pierata @ 6.50 at bet365 - 3 Units
Best Roughie: Redzel @ 10.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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