Snapdancer, the brilliant dual Group 1-winning mare, will give trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace their first runner in the $15m The TAB Everest at Royal Randwick next month.
Sebastian Hutch, the chief executive of Inglis Bloodstock, confirmed on Thursday that Snapdancer had been locked in for the Inglis-owned Everest slot.
Inglis compiled a video announcing Snapdancer as their Everest runner and managed to convince Maher to do his own version of “The Floss Dance” after learning his mare will be in the elite 12-horse field for the world’s richest turf race on October 15.
“We are very grateful to Inglis for selecting Snapdancer as their Everest runner,’’ Maher said.
“For years we have sat back and watched this phenomenon that is The Everest.
“So, for Snapdancer to be our first runner is a really great achievement for the team.’’
Snapdancer will go straight to The Everest next month on the back of her Group 1 win in the Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield where she defeated subsequent Makybe Diva Stakes winner I’m Thunderstruck.
A last start over 1400m has been a good base for an assault on The Everest with Vega Magic winning the Memsie only to finish a close second to Redzel in race’s inaugural running in 2017.
Crack colt Yes Yes Yes followed his second in the Golden Rose to win the 2019 The Everest in a Randwick track record time of 1min 7.32sec.
Snapdancer has proven very effective over the Randwick 1200m course herself, recording a stunning 1min 7.67sec to win there earlier in her career. She’s also won a Group 3 Triscay Stakes over The Everest course.
With seven wins (and seven placings) from 20 starts and earnings of $2.2m, Snapdancer has emerged as an outstanding sprinter, particularly over the last 12 months where she has also won the Group 1 Sangster Stakes and Magic Millions Fillies and Mares race.
“She is in career-best form and will be absolutely ready to rip in the middle of October,’’ Eustace said.
Snapdancer is part-owned by syndicator Brad Spicer who was relieved the deal had finally been negotiated with Inglis to gain a start in The Everest.
“This mare is such a superstar and for the next five weeks leading into the race it is going to be a hell of a lot of fun,’’ Spicer said.
Snapdancer becomes the sixth sprinter confirmed as a runner in The Everest after the top four finishers in last year’s race, Nature Strip (slot-holder Chris Waller Racing), Masked Crusader (Max Whitby, Neil Werrett and Col Madden), Eduardo (Yulong) and Lost And Running (TAB) confirmed starters.
Mazu, the exciting sprinter from the Peter and Paul Snowden stable, has also been selected by joint slot-holders Arrowfield and The Star.
Classique Legend, the 2020 The Everest winner, is set to make his comeback to racing in the Group 2 $1m The Shorts (1100m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday against the likes of Nature Strip, Masked Crusader, Eduardo, Lost And Running and Mazu.
If Classique Legend runs well in The Shorts, then the “Grey Flash” is also likely to secure another start in the rich Randwick race as owner Bon Ho also has an Everest slot.
This will leave five vacancies in The Everest field including racing and breeding giants Coolmore and Godolphin.
Paulele, widely regarded as Godolphin’s number one seed for The Everest, won a Hawkesbury barrier trial impressively on Thursday morning and is expected to make his spring carnival comeback in the Group 1 Moir Stakes at The Valley on September 23.
Originally published as Dual Group 1 winner Snapdancer confirmed for The Everest in Inglis slot