Everest target for Stay Inside
The Golden Slipper Stakes winner Stay Inside takes his first steps toward a possible start in The Everest this spring when he makes his final public outing as a two-year-old in a star-studded trial at Randwick on Tuesday.
The son of Extreme Choice, 26.00 to win The Everest on 16th October, will meet one of the country's best older horses in training, Verry Elleegant, in the 900-metre trial as he prepares for the tasks ahead in his three-year-old season.
No nerves for Freedman
A place in the $15 million Everest in October is not yet confirmed, but co-trainer Richard Freedman is hardly worried at this early stage, and sees the race as the best route to add further value to the colt.
"There will be people (slot holders) sitting back saying 'Let's see how the two-year-old comes back'," said Freedman, who trains in partnership with his brother Michael.
"We've just taken the view that if he's going well enough to win the race, he'll find a spot. If he wins another Group 1 1200-metre race against three-year-olds such as the Coolmore (Stud Stakes), the needle might move a bit but the only way to get a big shift (in his value) is probably The Everest."
Connections eye history
Of the past eight Slipper winners, only one went on to win another race, and that is something Freedman is aware of, but not concerned about.
"You've just got to look at how many runs those horses had as two-year-olds," Freedman said.
"Whether they got a decent break after their Slipper win. Did they go onto the Sires' and the Champagne? He could have gone around again but we just didn't think here was any great benefit in it looking ahead to his three-year-old season."
Tommy Berry will take the ride in Tuesday's trial and will also partner the colt when he resumes in the first few weeks of the new season.