Markets opened for 2018 Championships and Everest on Monday opened All In (pre nomination) markets on the big three races of the 2018 Championships at Randwick being the Doncaster Mile, T J Smith Stakes & Queen Elizabeth Stakes along with the second running of The Everest on Oct 13 next year.

2017 Doncaster Mile runner-up Happy Clapper has been posted as the $11 favourite for the 2018 renewal from crowd favourite Tom Melbourne and Tosen Stardom at $15.

“The Doncaster Mile has always been an iconic feature race on the Sydney calendar and a very tough one to win, “ said TAB’s Glenn Munsie. “You just have to look at the quality of runners we have quoted at the top of the market to see what a great race it is.”

In the T J Smith Stakes Redzel, the new star of the sprinting ranks in Australia has replaced the established benchmark in Chautauqua as the favourite at $6 with the grey holding down the next line at $8 from Vega Magic $11 ahead of three year olds Menari and Merchant Navy (both $15) the only runners listed at less than $26.

“Redzel has zoomed to the top of the tree in regards to sprinters in Australia over the last few months with wins in the Doomben 10,000, Shorts, The TAB Everest & Darley Classic. I can’t remember a sprinter with a CV like that for a long while,” said Munsie. “Of course you only have to mention The T J Smith and Chautauqua jumps out at you having won the last three runnings which is a phenomenal effort in itself. His Spring campaign went without a win but he has made the Autumn his own in the past.”

The race that captured the imagination of all, The TAB Everest, will be run on October 13 with the early market dominated by those that featured high in betting in this year’s race and also very prominent in T J Smith markets. Defending champion Redzel goes up $8 favourite from Chautauqua and Vega Magic at $11 with Menari, Merchant Navy and Winx at $15.

“You can only hope we can recreate this year’s TAB Everest when thinking forward to 2018 & really why can’t we,” said Munsie. “Taking everything into account and tweaking somethings we will put on another spectacular event.” All In markets 
TJ Smith Stakes
$6.00 Redzel
$8.00 Chautauqua
$11 Vega Magic
$15 Menari, Merchant Navy
$26 Brave Smash, Clearly Innocent, English, Impending, In Her Time, Invincible Star, She Will Reign, Trapeze Artist
$51 Deploy, Hey Doc, Houtzen, Malaguerra, Nature Strip

Queen Elizabeth Stakes
$1.40 Winx
$11 Humidor
$15 Johannes Vermeer
$26 Aloisia, Gailo Chop, Happy Clapper, Hartnell, Royal Symphony, Tosen Stardom
$51 Ace High, Black Heart Bart, Bonneval, Cliffs Edge, Egg Tart, Folkswood, Its Somewhat, Pinot, Tom Melbourne

Doncaster Mile

$11 Happy Clapper
$15 Tom Melbourne, Tosen Stardom
$26 Aloisia, Black Heart Bart, Cliffs Edge, Comin Through, Egg Tart, Foxplay, Gailo Chop, Its Somewhat, Kaonic, Kementari, Le Romain, Merchant Navy, Redkirk Warrior, Royal Symphony, Shillelagh, Trapeze Artist
Others quoted

TAB Everest
$8.00 Redzel
$11 Chautauqua, Vega Magic
$15 Menari, Merchant Navy, Winx
$26 Brave Smash, Clearly Innocent, English, In Her Time, Invincible Star, She Will Reign
$51 Deploy, Hey Doc, Houtzen, Impending, Nature Strip, Performer, Redkirk Warrior, Terravista, Trapeze Artist, Tulip, Viddora
$101 Ball of Muscle, Fell Swoop, Formality, Malaguerra, Rock Magic, Sheidel, Spieth