Big, Big, Big Victory For Yes Yes Yes In The Everest
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The third running of the world's richest turf race, The Everest at Royal Randwick, was a classic.
On the turn, anything could have won. But it was the three-year-old colt Yes, Yes, Yes -- trained by Winx's trainer Chris Waller -- who swooped down the outside with champion jockey Glen Boss aboard to win in track record time.
The winner was rated a $9 chance with the bookies. Favourite Santa Ana Lane finished second with outsider Trekking third.
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Pundits were calling this collection of crack sprinters "possibly the best field ever assembled in Australia", and while that may have been a little over the top, there's no doubt it was a field of serious quality.
The Everest has been a controversial race for all sorts of reasons, but no one can doubt that for the first time, Australia has an effective "grand final" of sprint races.
While the Melbourne Cup is run over the specialist staying distance of two miles (3200 metres) -- a distance at which few Australian gallopers excel -- the 1200 metres of The Everest is a distance at which you'll see numerous races contested, at virtually every race meeting at any track in the country.
Scaling Everest, in the equine sense, is one hell of a feat because you've got to win at the distance that the majority of Australian racehorses are bred for, and train for, and compete at.
And Yes Yes Yes did it in dominant fashion.
This was a race run at breakneck speed. The leaders ran out of gas late in the straight, as you'd expect, with all three placegetters in the back third of the field until the turn.
As they fanned wide, Yes Yes Yes was the widest runner and sustained a long sprint to claim the lead with 100m to go.
Santa Ana Lane and Trekking flew late, but too late.
As for the lion's share of that $14 million prize pool which the owners of Yes Yes Yes are taking home, we'll have what they're having.