It was set to be a race packed with the three-year-olds in 2020 but when The Everest field jumps on Saturday there will be a distinct lack of young blood at Randwick.
At one stage there was talk that half the field would be filled by emerging talent for the $15 million feature but between injuries, lack of form and different targets, none will line up for the lucrative sprint for the first time.
Queensland hero Rothfire had been on a path to The Everest in the miRunners slot until he suffered a broken leg in the Golden Rose.
Rothfire was due to run in The Everest but is sidelined. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Farnan was also due to run in the Aquis slot but they pulled the pin at the beginning of the week after the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained colt encountered several mishaps in the lead up to the race.
Then there was the likes of Anders, Ole Kirk, North Pacific, Mamaragan, Swats That, Wild Ruler and Peltzer who were all mentioned as possible The Everest candidates before lining up elsewhere or heading to the spelling paddock.
Slot holder James Harron was one of the last to fill his spot in the race – snapping up Libertini on Monday – but also had his eye on the three-year-old talent in the lead up.
“Everyone thought there was going to be multiple three-year-olds in the race this year but it has been well documented that a few of them have not had the perfect preparation and haven’t got there off the back of that,” Harron said.
“It is disappointing not to see some of those really high class horses in the race but that is the game we are in.”
Three-year-olds boast a decent record in The Everest.
Graff was the only three-year-old to be tested against the older horses in 2018 and ran a credible fifth while a trio of fillies tried their luck in the year prior.
The David Hayes-trained Tulip finished the best of them in fifth while Houtzen (seventh) and She Will Reign (11th) also ran in the race.
Glen Boss rode Yes Yes Yes to victory in The Everest last year. Photo: Mark Metcalfe/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Last year Yes Yes Yes then became the first of them to win the race with a slashing performance carrying just 53kg.
It provided trainer Chris Waller with his first victory in The Everest and with the three-year-old also racing in his slot for the race.
Waller’s slot was the last to be filled in 2020 when he sold it to Three Bridges on Monday but says he would have liked to have a three-year-old running again.
But he also understands why there isn’t one in the race.
Jockey Glen Boss with Trainer Chris Waller combined to win last year’s The Everest with Yes Yes Yes. AAP Image/Simon BullardSource:AAP
“The colt side of things, with so much money at stake it is a make or break race,” Waller said.
“Maybe a few of them have seen it as a break race.
“In Yes Yes Yes’s win it was a make race and it turned him into a $40 million plus commodity.
“I thought there would be a few more.
“I would have loved to have one there but didn’t have one good enough so they have to be good enough.
“I guess the other trainers have set sights on other races.”
Originally published asWhat happened to the 3YOs in The Everest?
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