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Royal Ascot winners high in markets for The Everest

Tue, Jun 27, 1:24pm by Senior Writer

Royal Ascot winners Caravaggio and Lady Aurelia have been added to the market for Australia’s richest race, the $10 million The Everest, after their impressive wins over the past week.

Coolmore three-year-old Caravaggio won the Commonwealth Cup in impressive fashion and has been installed as $8 second favourite for the race in October, while Lady Aurelia won the King’s Stand Stakes, and is $11 fifth pick.

It would appear Lady Aurelia is the more likely of the two to make the trip to Australia given her American owners already have a relationship with one of the parties which has a slot in The Everest field.

Damien Flower, who owned champion sprinter Snitzel, has been in touch with Kentucky-based Stonestreet Farm, who own Lady Aurelia, over his spot in The Everest.

Her trainer Wesley Ward has indicated she’ll contest the Nunthorpe Stakes before a decision is made on whether she’ll come to Sydney.

Caravaggio’s participation is less likely given he is a colt and The Everest is of minimal value from a breeding perspective because it is yet to obtain any group or listed status.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien took the leading trainer award again at Royal Ascot and has had an amazing 2017 to date. Whether he and his masters at Coolmore see the inaugural running of the world’s richest sprint race as something they’d like to be a part of, is yet to be determined.

Local champion Chautauqua is currently the $4.80 favourite for The Everest, while Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign is $8.50. Winx is $9 fourth favourite but won’t run.

Several other possible spring carnival contenders were in action at Royal Ascot.

Highland Reel, also trained by O’Brien, won the Prince of Wales Stakes in his typical fighting style and is now second pick for the Cox Plate at $15. Highland Reel ran third behind Winx in the 2015 Cox Plate, with Winx the $1.60 favourite for this year’s race in which she is bidding for her third straight win.

But other races, including the rich Breeders Cup Turf event in the United States, which Highland Reel won last year, may be more preferable for O’Brien.

Godolphin’s Ribchester, who won the Queen Anne Stakes last week, is $21 in the Cox Plate.

A new name at the top of the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup market is Godolphin’s Frontiersman, who didn’t run at Royal Ascot, but was second to Highland Reel in the recent Coronation Cup at Epsom. Frontiersman is $17 equal favourite for the Caulfield Cup and $15 favourite with another import Red Cardinal for the Melbourne Cup.

Order of St George, beaten in the Ascot Gold Cup by Big Orange, is rated a $21 chance in the Melbourne Cup, while Big Orange is $34 having contested the race the past two years.

Thomas Hobson, who won on the first day of the Royal Ascot carnival and was then second on the final day, is also $21 for the 3200m handicap.

Sportsbet Markets:

The Everest:

Chautauqua $4.8

Carravagio $8

She Will Reign $8.5

Winx (Doubtful) $9

Lady Aurelia (USA) $11

Russian Revolution $13

Houtzen $15

English $15

Star Turn $15

Vega Magic $15

Spieth $17

Clearly Innocent $21

Signs Of Blessing $21

Redzel $21

Others: $26 or Longer

Melbourne Cup:

Frontiersman $15

Red Cardinal $15

Francis Of Assisi $17

Order Of St George $21

Crocodile Rock $21

Thomas Hobson $21

Almandin $21

Cheval Grand $26

Vazirabad $26

Polarisation $26

Egg Tart $26

Oceanographer $26

Wall Of Fire $26

Hartnell $26

Exospheric $26

Others: $31 or Longer

Caulfield Cup:

Frontiersman $17

Egg Tart $17

Humidor $17

Francis Of Assisi $17

Gingernuts $21

Hartnell $21

Ruthven $21

Bonneval $21

Exospheric $21

Inference $26

Big Duke $26

Articus $26

Crocodile Rock $26

Others: $31 or Longer

Cox Plate:

Winx $1.6

Highland Reel $15

Makahiki $15

Hartnell $21

Ribchester $21

The United States $26

Neorealism $26

Mekhtaal $26

Articus $26

Others: $31 or Longer

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