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The Everest – Australia’s Richest Race 2018- What all you wish to know about this race

The Everest race

The Everest is Australia’s richest race as well as the richest turf race in the world. The race boasts a total prize pool of $10,000,000 and is at weight for age conditions for all horses who must pay a $600,000 entry fee to race. This year in 2018 The Everest will be run on Saturday the 13th of October, 2018 at Randwick racecourse. The field limit is 12 horses with the race introduced to lure the best International sprinters from around the world.

The Everest Race

The Everest aims to bring together the best sprinters from around the world to chase a slice of the $13 million in prizemoney at Royal Randwick in 2018. The 1200m sprint is the centrepiece of a new-look spring racing program introduced by Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club. The carnival boasts a staggering $25.5 million prizemoney over a five-week period from September 8 to October 13.

The Everest will take centre stage on the final day, Saturday October 13, with total stakes for the meeting exceeding $15 million — making it Australia’s richest race day.

The Everest race

The format of The Everest features 12 starters with horses nominated by slot owners who have paid $600,000 to secure a slot (starting position) in the race. The slot owner has the right to nominate their own horse for the race, sell their slot or do a deal with the owner of another horse to share the prizemoney.  The race will be run under weight-for-age conditions over the sprinting distance of 1200m. The October 14 date is a neat fit for the Sydney spring carnival, bringing the feature racing to a climax with the world’s richest race on turf.

The Everest Prize Money

The Everest is not only Australia’s richest race but the richest turf race in the world. The 12 runners of the 2018 The Everest will race for a staggering $13 million in prize money. The winner of The Everest will collect $5.8 million while the connections of the runner up will also take home over $1 million in prize money.

Prize Money Breakdown

1st $5,800,000 2nd $1,425,000
3rd $800,000 4th $400,000
5th $250,000 6th-12th $175,000
Equine Welfare Fund: $100,000

The 12 slots sold will make up $7.2 million of the prize money while the remaining $2.8 million will be raised by other revenues generated from the race meeting.

This year 2018 the total stakes: $13 million

The Everest Slots

Despite there being some skepticism from racing enthusiasts all slots for the 2018 The Everest were sold well prior to the race. Slots for The Everest are tradable commercial instruments meaning they can be sold, joint ventured or leased at a time prior to a nominated race entry date.

The form guide for the 2018 The Everest will take into account lead-up runs, track & distance records and the barrier draw. The weight-for-age TJ Smith Stakes is a 1200m race run at Randwick which will also prove to be an ideal guide. The 2017 TJ Smith Stakes was won by Chautauqua. While the field for the 2018 The Everest is currently unknown it’s expected to attract many of the best sprinters from across the globe. Canterbury Park Racecourse is a fully equipped racecourse with state of the art training facilities. Canterbury Park will also act as a dedicated  quarantine centre for international horses in the lead up to The Everest.

The Everest Race Conditions

The Everest race Rules

The Everest  will  run over a distance of 1200 metres on turf  and will be conducted under the Rules of Racing, being the Australian Rules of Racing and Racing NSW’s Local Rules of Racing. The Race will be at Standard Weight-for-Age as per the table below in accordance with the Australian Rules of Racing 104 and 105.

AGE MALE FEMALE MALE (NH)* FEMALE (NH)
5yo and older (NH late 4yo and Older) 58.5 56.5 58.5 56.5
4yo (NH late 3yo) 58.5 56.5 58.0 56.0
3yo (NH late 2yo) 53.0 51.0 51.0 49.0

 

* NH or Northern Hemisphere refers to horses sired north of the equator, and foaled between the 1st of January and the 31st of July.

The Race will have a maximum of 12 starters.

Nomination and acceptance of horse by Slot Licensee

The Slot Licensee is entitled to nominate and accept for one horse for the Race by the Race Acceptances Date. The Slot Licensors have the absolute discretion to reject the nomination and acceptance of a horse that is not of metropolitan standing.

The Slot Holder must declare their runner by 9am on Tuesday 10 October.

If Slot Licensee’s horse is scratched before 7.30am on the day of the Race with a certified veterinary certificate approved by Racing NSW and confirmed by Racing NSW’s industry veterinarian, as determined by Racing NSW in its absolute discretion, then the Slot Licensee will be permitted to select one of the available emergency horses to run in the Race on the pre-established division of prizemoney. If there is no emergency horse available, the Slot Licensee will receive last place prizemoney;

Also Slot Licensee’s horse is scratched before 7.30am on the day of the Race without a veterinary certificate approved by Racing NSW and confirmed by Racing NSW’s industry veterinarian, as determined by Racing NSW in its absolute discretion, then the Slot Licensee will not be entitled to a runner in the Race and the Slot Licensee will forfeit the right to any prize money.

If Slot Licensee’s horse is scratched after 7.30am on the day of the Race with a certified veterinary certificate approved by Racing NSW and confirmed by Racing NSW’s industry veterinarian, as determined by Racing NSW in its absolute discretion, then the Slot Licensee will not be entitled to a runner in the Race and will receive last place prizemoney;

Slot Licensee’s horse is scratched after 7.30am on the day of the Race without a veterinary certificate approved by Racing NSW and confirmed by Racing NSW’s industry veterinarian, as determined by Racing NSW in its absolute discretion, then the Slot Licensee will not be entitled to a runner in the Race and the Slot Licensee will forfeit the right to any prizemoney.

The Everest Race Rules

If Racing NSW receives a Racing NSW veterinary report after the Race Acceptances Date and before 7.30am on the day of the Race that a particular horse is not, or cannot reasonably be expected to be, fit to compete in the Race then Racing NSW under the Rules of Racing may scratch the horse. Clause a will then apply as if the horse was scratched with a certified veterinary certificate approved by Racing NSW.

Racing NSW may refuse the nomination and/or acceptance of any horse in the Race for any reason permissible under the Rules of Racing. Further, in the event that the nomination and/or acceptance of a horse in the Race is refused, or the horse is scratched or disqualified by Racing NSW or its Stewards pursuant to the Rules of Racing and other than in accordance with clauses 13, 14 or 15, then the Rules of Racing apply in respect of any prizemoney.

What can you wear at the race?

The Australian Turf Club maintains a minimum dress code for general admission entry to Royal Randwick.

Management reserves the right to refuse entry to any patrons that do not meet these standards.

  • Ladies and gents are required to be neatly dressed and groomed, with shoes and a shirt to be worn at all times.
  • When planning your day, you are not to wear Fancy dress costumes, Tattered clothing or shoes, Thongs or be barefoot or wear any offensive attire (inappropriate language and/or imagery)
  •  Ladies are required to maintain a suitable standard in keeping with the dignity and tradition of the Members’ Reserve.
  • Gentlemen are required to wear tailored pants, dress shoes, a collared shirt and tie and a jacket, sports coat or blazer. During Daylight Savings, jackets are optional within the Members Reserve.

 Where to buy tickets for this race?

To be part of this grand festive experience and enjoy the Sydney Spring Carnival you can contact by phone: +612 9551 7500 or email at contactus@racingnsw.com.au or visit Level 7 51 Druitt St, Sydney NSW 2000. You can buy tickets at your nearest TAB centers. Also visit here to get tickets online.

Note that in 2020, Sydney’s The Everest will be worth $15 million and the 1200m weight-for-age race will receive a $3 million boost in 2018 to $13 million before adding another $1 million in 2019 and 2020.

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