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March 11, 2020

The world’s richest race on turf the TAB Everest has gained new international interest with the Australian Turf Club selling its slot to prominent owner Mr Boniface Ho.

Hong Kong based Mr Ho will increase his presence in Sydney racing where he has already has a team of horses trained at Royal Randwick under the care of trainer Les Bridge.

The Mr Ho owned Classique Legend ran in last year’s TAB Everest where he finished sixth.

Classique Legend, who will race in Hong Kong this season, is among a team of Mr Ho’s horses who are expected to vie for an Everest slot as the highly-respected owner decides which horse will represent him in the $15 million TAB Everest to be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday 17 October.

Australian Turf Club Chief Executive Jamie Barkley said the three-year deal with Mr Ho was another huge vote of confidence in Sydney and its racing.

“The TAB Everest continues to grow its stature and influence across the racing world and we are especially thrilled that this deal will see more horses stabled and remain in Sydney to race,” Mr Barkley said.

“Mr Ho is a passionate racing fan and one of Hong Kong’s most respected owners, so his enthusiasm to be a long-time player in Sydney and the TAB Everest is significant.

“The Australian Turf Club in conjunction with Mr Ho looks forward to further promoting Sydney’s racing and the TAB Everest to the rest of the world.”

Mr Ho said the TAB Everest had captured the interest of international racing.

“The Everest is a very exciting race to be involved in and I’m delighted to be able to join with the Australian Turf Club,” Mr Ho said.

“Sydney has one of the best racing programs in the world and I can now focus on our horses and look to lock in a runner for the Everest.”

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