Sheraco Stakes winner Haut Brion Her will take the final place in the elite 12-runner field for The Everest after Chris Waller sold his slot to her owners Three Bridges Thoroughbreds on Monday.
It means Waller will have two runners, with Haut Brion Her joining one-time favourite Nature Strip in the $15 million race at Randwick on Saturday.
Haut Brion Her is the final horse into The Everest field. Credit:Getty
"It's incredibly exciting for the whole Waller Racing team to see two of our stable stars line up as genuine chances in the 2020 Everest," Waller said.
"Haut Brion Her has showed her brilliant speed this preparation with a superb win in the Sheraco and I know she is capable of giving this race a shake-up.
"Her work has been faultless the last two weeks which gives me great confidence that she will be primed to put in a big performance on Saturday."
Waller had been looking at several options after Saturday’s racing including Roman Consul Stakes winner Wild Ruler and Dirty Work, who won the Schillaci Stakes in Melbourne, but opted to keep the slot in his stable with this deal.
Brenton Avdulla has been booked to ride Haut Brion Her.
Haut Brion Her's owner-breeder Peter Liston was delighted to buy the slot and give his Zoustar mare a chance to showcase his farm in the world’s richest race on turf.
She is already a two-time group 2 winner, including an all-the-way victory in the Sheraco to start her spring campaign, and has won six of 10 starts overall.
The Everest field
Nature Strip (James McDonald)
Gytrash (Jason Collett)
Classique Legend (Kerrin McEvoy)
Bivouac (Glen Boss)
Trekking (Josh Parr)
Behemoth (Nash Rawiller)
Eduardo (Rachel King)
Farnan (Tim Clark)
Santa Ana Lane (Sam Clipperton)
Tofane (Tommy Berry)
Libertini (Regan Bayliss)
Haut Brion Her (Brenton Avdulla)
"Since the day she was born Haut Brion Her has been a very special filly and showed us early on she had talent to burn on the track," Liston said.
"At Three Bridges we take a very natural approach to raising our young horses, focusing on growing quality, strong horses in large open paddocks.
"The results of those principles are exemplified by Haut Brion Her, who will now tackle the highest-rated sprint in the world.
"It’s very exciting and we couldn’t be prouder of this wonderful mare."
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