Trainer James Cummings says his charge Osborne Bulls should not be written off heading into the $13million The Everest at Randwick on Saturday afternoon.
Stablemate Home Of The Brave was set to race but after being ruled out with an elevated temperature earlier in the week, Osborne Bulls was called up to take his place.
The classy five-year-old has won eight races from 12 starts, including a victory in the Regal Roller Stakes before finishing fifth behind Jungle Cat in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) last time out.
Not many may fancy Osborne Bulls to cause a boilover, but Cummings refuses to rule it out.
"He's third-up from the spell and dropping back from 1400 to 1200m for a big high-pressure weight-for-age race," he said.
"They are circumstances that gives Osborne Bulls his chance to give the top sprinters a scare.
"He hasn't been on a heavy track under race conditions before but he's by Street Cry out of a Lonhro mare so he's a chance of absolutely loving it.
"He's five from six at 1200m and for all we know, he could be the best wet tracker in the race.
"Experienced racegoers know weight-for-age is weight-for-age and he hasn't accomplished that yet. Has this come too soon for him? Quite possibly.
"Does a field of 12 suit him more than a field of 18 in a handicap? Absolutely."
Osborne Bulls is 21.00 to win on Saturday, with Redzel 8.50 and Santa Ana Lane 9.00.
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