Mark down Saturday, September 7th, at Randwick for one of the hottest early spring races, not the feature Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m), but the $160,000, Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m).
Potentially the field for the sprint will have the Snowden's Redzel setting off for another Everest, Chris Waller's Nature Strip seeking to become an emergency for The Everest in case others find the ratified air too much, Joe Pride's Ball Of Muscle looking for another fresh up win, Godolphin's Osborne Bulls who was third in last year's Everest, Kris Lees' In Her Time and Tony McEvoy's Sunlight with both heading towards the Everest.
Another heading towards The Everest who could commence in the Concorde is Greg Hickson's Pierata.
Lee's might also have Graff who was fifth in last year's invitation race clearly showing that three-year-old's are competitive in the 1200m race.
Then on Tuesday in Brisbane Tony Gollan's unbeaten Zoustyle had a 9L win in a 900m trial at Doomben in preparation for the four-year-old Zoustar gelding to also contest the Concorde Stakes in what would be his major test to-date from his six starts.
Zoustyle zipped around the 900m in 48.59 and for the last 600m in 33.31 on the Good 4 track.
"He is in pretty good shape and he went around really nicely," said Gollan.
"It is going to be a very good race. It is a pretty obvious kick-off for horses this way of going and being a Group 3 set-weights-and-penalties race, it is a nice race for us under those conditions but obviously we are going to run into some Group 1 horses.
"The Concorde is obviously going to be a very watched race and we are certainly going to know where we are after the 7th of September.
"There is definitely an option to go to Melbourne. We certainly have an eye towards Melbourne," he said.
Redzel winning the 2018 The Everest, picture Stevehart.com.au