It’s the world’s richest sprint race, and on October 14 Dubbo will have a small interest in the outcome of The Everest.
The Australian Turf Club has nominated former Japanese galloper Brave Smash to represent the Club in the $10 million event.
Brave Smash – from the stable of Australia’s most-winning trainer Darren Weir – is part-owned by former Dubbo businessman Lloyd Walker and will bring an international flavour to the inaugural running of the race.
The five-year-old entire, who started his racing career in Japan, ran second at his Australian debut behind fellow The Everest contender Vega Magic before a strong win at Moonee Valley.
Australian Turf Club Executive General Manager Racing James Heddo said the ATC was delighted to partner with Brave Smash who is currently rated in the top five of betting for The Everest.
“We have selected Brave Smash for several reasons and think he is an excellent fit for the ATC,’’ Heddo said.
“We have great confidence in Darren Weir’s judgement that the best of Brave Smash is yet to come, and the stable can now focus solely on one race and aim to peak on October 14 in The Everest.
“The ATC is committed to building the international profile of our Carnivals and our racing, and to attract more overseas competitors to our racecourses, and Brave Smash offers a point of difference to The Everest with his international background and pedigree.”
The news continues a big 24 hours for Walker, who tasted success on Saturday with two of his other horses.
The Chris Waller-trained Libran returned to form by winning the Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) at Randwick while Humidor rocketed to Caulfield Cup favouritism with a dominant display in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington.