Stay Inside in demand for The Everest but has to earn his place

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Stay Inside in demand for The Everest but has to earn his place

By Chris Roots

Newgate Farm boss Henry Field has had a raft of offers for an Everest slot for Golden Slipper winner Stay Inside but is in no rush to confirm him as a certain starter in the $15 million race in October.

Stay Inside returns to the barrier trials on Tuesday at Randwick and Field wants to see if he is up to the best before taking up an offer.

Tommy Berry punches the air as Stay Inside wins the Golden Slipper.

Tommy Berry punches the air as Stay Inside wins the Golden Slipper.Credit:Getty

Field bought a majority share in the Extreme Choice colt before he thumped the best two-year-olds in the country in the Golden Slipper and is now turning his attention to doing the same to the best sprinters in the land in The Everest. He will carry the China Horse Club colours on his return to racing.

“We have had five slot-holders inquire about him already, and we have told them the same thing – that we aren’t making a decision until after he gets back to the races,” Field said.

“He will probably run in the San Domenico Stakes and then the Run To The Rose before we make the call on him for The Everest, but it is where we would ideally like to go.

“He is potentially the most exciting sprinter in the country, but we want to see him do it before making the Everest call.”

Field has also had Everest calls about Profiteer and Wild Ruler, both of whom he holds controlling interests in.

Tommy Berry will continue his association with Stay Inside in a stacked heat on Tuesday that contains group 1 winners Verry Elleegant, Kolding, Think It Over and Selino.

While excited about his racing stock, Field also had some news about Stay Inside’s sire Extreme Choice, which will serve a limited book this season because of his fertility problems.


“He is restricted to shareholders this season but he going to get a group of high-quality mares, including Vegas Showgirl, the dam of Winx,” Field said.

Pinatubo not coming to Australia

Godolphin have had to take Pinatubo off its Australian stallion roster this season after he suffered a viral eye infection.

Godolphin Australia’s managing director Vin Cox is hopeful Pinatubo will come south next season.

“The foremost consideration is what is best for the horse, and the overwhelming conclusion, and based on vets’ advice, was for Pinatubo to remain at Dalham Hall Stud where they’re able to manage his treatment and get him right for next season,” Cox said.

“The legacy Shamardal is leaving through the likes of proven sire sons such as Lope de Vega is incredible, and we’re fortunate to be able to offer two sons who, like Pinatubo, were champion racehorses in their own right on our roster this season in Blue Point and Earthlight.”

Godolphin, in association with Watership Down Stud of Madeleine Lloyd Webber, will offer a nomination to Too Darn Hot to support the Catwalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust.

The nomination, which is valued at $44,000, will be auctioned on the Magic Millions website. Bidding will close on Thursday.

Owners warned about laying horses to lose

Racing NSW chief steward Marc Van Gestel has reminded owners that they aren’t allowed to lay their horse to lose a race.

“We have had a couple of cases recently where owners have layed their own horse without being aware it was against the rules,” Van Gestel said.

“The rules are very clear about this, and we have had to fine a couple of people for breaches and we don’t want it to become a regular occurrence.”

Adayar joins Galileo with King George victory

English Derby winner Adayar can lay claim to being a once-in-a-generation stayer after winning the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Not since Galileo in 2001 had a Derby winner taken the King George, and Adayar did it in devastating fashion. Despite overracing early on, Adayar used a fabulous turn of foot and sustained speed to beat the best older horses in England.

The Frankel colt had 1¾ lengths to spare from Mishriff, with favourite Love the same margin away in third.

“The horse is a consummate professional and has all the qualities of a top-class horse, that kick and the stamina. I really enjoyed that,” Godolphin’s jockey William Buick said.

Adayar charges to the post under William Buick in the King George.

Adayar charges to the post under William Buick in the King George.Credit:Getty

“He jumped better than expected because the eventual leader missed the break and came round us, which set me alight a little but I wasn’t worried once I backed off the leader as I was sat in shotgun and in a lovely rhythm.

“He had that kick at the top of the straight and then did what we saw at Epsom, that resolute gallop all the way to the line.


“We all thought he was a good Derby winner, and he’s confirmed that today.”

Beer looks for Highway to cap to his best season

Albury trainer Mitch Beer will look to close his most successful season by winning the Highway Handicap with Sunrise Ruby at Randwick on Saturday.

Beer came to NSW a couple of years ago to take advantage of the extra prizemoney available in the premier state and will win his first Southern District premiership when the racing year ends on Saturday.

“I feel it’s my best year, which is amazing given the challenges of COVID,” Beer said. “We’ve achieved a lot already, and I think in Sunrise Ruby I might have found the best horse I have had.

“She has won three from four as a three-year-old filly, and I would like to get her into the Kosciuszko. I have booked James McDonald to ride her in the Highway on Saturday and she will be very hard to beat.”

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