The Everest: Who Will Contest the Inaugural Sprint Spectacular?

Sep 24, 2017

The Everest: Who Will Contest the Inaugural Sprint Spectacular?

The Everest is a 1200m WFA event offering a staggering $10-M purse to competitors. It will be held at Randwick Racecourse on Saturday 14 October 2017 and will feature a crack field of 12 elite sprinters from both here and abroad.

The lucrative purse makes The Everest the richest horse race in Australia, comfortably eclipsing the $6.2-M purse of the Melbourne Cup.

In fact, the enormous prize pool makes it the most lucrative turf race anywhere in the world, taking over the reins from the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (AU$7.13-M).

The event is more of a concept race as it does not carry any grade or status, instead relying solely on bucketloads of cash, an appealing carrot to entice quality entrants and ensure the race delivers the spectacle it promises.

The field will be comprised of 12 runners with the corresponding amount of slots being sold off at $600-K a pop on a first come 1st come, 1st served basis.

Interestingly, the Australian Turf Club has themselves purchased a slot, 1 which they will use as a wildcard of sorts to ensure they can provide for the world's best sprinters.

The Everest Field

As an Invitational, the field for the Everest will be comprised of a select bunch of local and international star sprinters. Initially there will be 12, 3-year "slots" or positions available at a purchase price of $600,000. Owners of these slots can on-sell theirs in the event that they do not have a runner available to contest the race.

The Everest Prize Money

Prize money breakdown

1st - $5,800,000

2nd - $1,425,000

3rd - $800,000

4th - $400,000

5th - $250,00

6th-12th - $175,000<strong>

Equine Welfare Fund $100,000

The Everest in context

The world's richest turf race ✔️

The world's richest 1200m race ✔️

Australia's richest race ✔️

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