Everest trial for The Inferno
The Inferno will take on Friday night's Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley with trainer Cliff Brown hoping a good performance can earn him a berth in this year's The Everest, which is now less than four weeks away.
The Inferno won the McEwan Stakes over the same course and distance on 4th September, defeating Group 1 winners Portland Sky and September Run.
That performance prompted hopes of a run in the lucrative showpiece at Royal Randwick but first he is a 6.50 chance for Friday's contest.
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After falling short first time out at Caulfield, The Inferno came good for Brown when taking the aforementioned McEwan Stakes.
The Everest the goal
While the Manikato Stakes at The Valley is another possibility, the trainer knows the chance is there for a Randwick run.
However, he is taking nothing for granted ahead of his charge's outing at Moonee Valley.
"I have had a couple people be in contact, but nothing is booked in," Brown said of interest in his galloper for The Everest.
"At the end of the day, if you run well, you might get an invite and if you run badly, you wouldn't want to run anyway.
"He's tightened up, his coat has come, and he's come on for both his runs. But it's one of those things.
"I think it would be beautiful if it was 1200 metres, but there aren't any that are in the time frame for other races. And he probably goes up a level again with what the field is going to be like."