Racing The Everest

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Did anyone go yesterday and what was it like?

Have heard positive things despite the weather, but I thought it was underwhelming just watching from home. The main event was again a fizzer as a spectacle, the Kosciusko seemed to get a bit lost amongst the Everest hype and the rest of support card was pretty unremarkable.

The day is all about one race and if I had to guess 75% of on-track patrons couldn't even name the field - so go in that direction. Get a weather machine and park it over the track - have some jets fly over, get a fake Everest in the middle of the track and get bimbos to climb it for money etc. I don't think it works as a proper raceday, so I wouldn't treat it as one.

In contrast, Caulfield was some next level s**t even watching from the couch.
 

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It’s not a bad day if you don’t go for the whole day.
LP pretty much everyone I've asked who went (both punters and some morons) said they had a blast - so clearly something is working as an on-track experience.

I can't help but think it would be even better if they maybe cut the card in half and went full blown party mode, but maybe they don't even need that.

It also reinforces how awful Sky's coverage is and needs a shake up. This was even without having to ship off to Doomben after every race! Duff is good but for God's sake get rid of Radley and Glenn Munsie who are awful.
 

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LP pretty much everyone I've asked who went (both punters and some morons) said they had a blast - so clearly something is working as an on-track experience.

I can't help but think it would be even better if they maybe cut the card in half and went full blown party mode, but maybe they don't even need that.

It also reinforces how awful Sky's coverage is and needs a shake up. This was even without having to ship off to Doomben after every race! Duff is good but for God's sake get rid of Radley and Glenn Munsie who are awful.
Yeah look I’m only talking from my view. Found myself quite bored after the Everest. Found myself more looking at the screens at Caulfield and Sha Tin. The support card was a bit meh this year the heavy track didn’t help though.
 

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CL being picked is up there with Menari as the most bizarre early choice of all time. But given they're basically placeholders who can be kicked out at any time it doesn't really matter.

Zoustyle and Spright prob picked up tomorrow
 

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That was my point when they all pulled their runners last year - it makes a mockery of the whole process if you can pull your runner. As I said once you lock it in you should be automatically allocated an emergency from the Sydney Stakes if your runner doesn't turn up on the day.
 

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That was my point when they all pulled their runners last year - it makes a mockery of the whole process if you can pull your runner. As I said once you lock it in you should be automatically allocated an emergency from the Sydney Stakes if your runner doesn't turn up on the day.
This.

It's a no risk situation locking in early. If they don't come up they're kicked out anyway. Create a consequence and watch the slot holders change their mindset. If your horse doesn't come up the decision on your alternate runner will be made based on a race rule, not a slotholder decision on who they get
 

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Come on. Classique legend not THAT bad. Houtzen was selected coming out of its autumn 2yo season. Menari off Spring 3yo. CL at least best 3yo sprinter in autumn who raced vs his own age.
 

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Come on. Classique legend not THAT bad. Houtzen was selected coming out of its autumn 2yo season. Menari off Spring 3yo. CL at least best 3yo sprinter in autumn.
It has potential, but it has had 1 restricted Gp2 win. Throwing darts that it will make the grade.

How it could be the second horse locked in defies belief
 

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Come on. Classique legend not THAT bad. Houtzen was selected coming out of its autumn 2yo season. Menari off Spring 3yo. CL at least best 3yo sprinter in autumn who raced vs his own age.
Why not wait until you see how he does at 4? No need to rush - don't see anyone rushing to lock in Wild Planet after last week

As I said - more likely to not even turn up than to place for mine.
 

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Presumably you could lock in

OB
Sunlight
IHT
SAL
Classique Legend (in)
Pierata (in)


Then the possibles

NS
Brave Smash
Viddora
Redzel

+ the up and comers if they kick on

Zoustyle
Microphone etc

no doubt forgot plenty
 

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Brave Smash - L O f*n L - who would be dumb enough to pony up money for that this year

If IHT is getting in then NS and Redzel are certainly getting slots
 

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Brave Smash is retired fwiw. Aquis 22k I think.
Cheers for that, wasnt aware. Prob retired on a high after beating home IHT, SAL and finishing beside OB in the Newmarket.

Alizee would be another in the conversation, absolutely certain it's a better sprinter than miler.
 
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