EVEREST DAY DOESN’T DISAPPOINT AS CROWDS COME BACK TO ROYAL RANDWICK
October 16, 2021
An excited and capacity crowd of 10,000 racegoers enjoyed a fantastic day at Royal Randwick for Everest Day.
Nature Strip for Rosehill Gardens trainer Chris Waller and ridden by James McDonald won the $15 million The TAB Everest, leading for most of the way and holding off a storming Masked Crusader who finished second.
The seven-year-old champion sprinter had previously finished 4th (2019) and 7th (2020) but was too good winning in the Chris Waller Racing slot. It is the second The TAB Everest for Chris Waller as a trainer having won in 2019 with Yes Yes Yes.
It was champion jockey James McDonald’s first The TAB Everest as he delivered a brilliant ride which was made even better with the electric atmosphere of the crowd trackside.
McDonald returned and rode along the fence as he showed pure emotion celebrating with cheering fans while Sweet Caroline played over the speakers on course as the crowd sung along. It was a win fitting of such a celebration.
Australian Turf Club Chief Executive Jamie Barkley said Sydney had celebrated the world’s richest race on turf in style.
“The atmosphere on course at Royal Randwick has been electric and Sydney is well and truly back celebrating in Spring,’’ Mr Barkley said.
“Royal Randwick embraced the reopening of Sydney and has lead the way in the first major celebration.
“We are especially excited to be able to welcome crowds of at least 10,000 in coming weeks including at the XXXX Golden Eagle and Bentley Cup Day.’’
The $1.3 million The Kosciuszko for country-trained horses was won by Art Cadeau and ridden by Tommy Berry. It is the first time a horse has won both the Country Championship and The Kosciuszko in the same year, highlighting a great training performance by NSW South Coast-based Terry Robinson.
In other news, Big Parade won the Group 3 Moët & Chandon Sydney Stakes for trainer Mark Newnham and jockey Josh Parr. While Think It Over for Kembla Grange trainer Kerry Parker and Nash Rawiller took out the Group 3 Yulong Craven Plate.
Everest Carnival continues next Saturday at Royal Randwick for City Tattersalls Club Cup Day.
View The Inside Run from the TAB Everest with Corey Brown below.
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