Shoals confirmed for The Everest

A further runner for the $13 million The Everest (1200m) invitation race at Randwick on October 13th has been announced on Thursday evening with rising four-year-old mare Shoals to race in Star Entertainment's slot.

The Star said that Shoals has been selected for their slot after discussions with co-owner and Arrowfield Stud chairman John Messara. 

Trained by Anthony Freedman for owner-breeders Messara and Jonathan Munz, Shoals has won three Group 1 races this season in three different States with victories in the Myer Classic at Flemington, Surround Stakes at Randwick and the Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville. 

“Jonathan and I are delighted to conclude an arrangement with The Star for Shoals to run in The Everest,” Messara said. 

“We think she is a great chance to win the race and we’re all looking forward to her return in the spring.”

The Star was an original slot owner for The Everest and continues to support the unique concept behind the race.

“We were excited to be involved in year one and delighted to be back for the second iteration,” said Michael Hodgson, GM Business Development and Partnerships at The Star Entertainment Group. 

There are 12 slots, each costing $600,000 per year, for the field for The Everest and already confirmed are Brave Smash (JPN), third last year, for the Chris Waller Stable slot, the Snowden trained Redzel, last year's winner, for Yulong Investments, Gerald Ryan's Trapeze Artist for Aquis Farm and Benjamin Smith's In Her Time for Tabcorp.

Shoals (inside) winner at Flemington, picture