Lankan Rupee could be Everest wildcard

Caulfield trainer Mick Price believes Lankan Rupee could be a serious contender for October's $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick.

Once rated the world's best sprinter and also a former Australian Racehorse of the Year, Lankan Rupee is back in Price's Caulfield stable after missing the Melbourne and Sydney Autumn Carnivals due to a minor tendon injury.

Price said he felt The Everest would be an ideal spring target for the son of Redoute's Choice, who hasn't raced since finishing fourth in the Group 1 Darley Classic at Flemington last November.

"He won the T.J. Smith up there (in Sydney) and he's a superb sprinter. 1200m is great for him and he just has to stay sound," Price said.

"His action is great. He's always been a great-actioned horse, he's just had a couple of little niggling injuries, he had one in a hock and then he tweaked a high suspensory ligament but he's beautiful in the action and I don't look at him as an older horse as he's only had 26 starts.

"If he turns up in any 1200m race fit and without any injuries he can be competitive with the best of them, no problem."

Price said Lankan Rupee wouldn't be seen at the races anytime soon, with the spring his ultimate aim.

"He'll have a long, slow, safe preparation but he's bouncing around here like a two-year-old and looks terrific," he said.

"I haven't spoken to the owner Mr Yaseen about a specific target for him and we haven't got a slot in The Everest but it will be interesting."

Lankan Rupee and Craig Newitt winning the 2014 Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick, picture