Eduardo showed his usual dazzling speed and Gytrash went better than expected as the brilliant sprinters began their $15m The TAB Everest campaigns with impressive efforts at the Warwick Farm barrier trials on Tuesday.
Trainer Joe Pride’s Eduardo, who still hasn’t been selected for an Everest slot, won the 805m heat albeit narrowly with the “Adelaide giant-killer” Gytrash closing wide out for third.
Pride described Eduardo’s trial as “perfect” and Gytrash’s trainer Gordon Richards revealed he was “tickled pink” with his sprinter’s effort.
Eduardo (Robbie Dolan) begins his road to a potential #TABEverest start winning a Warwick Farm trial on Tuesday from Nictock (Zac Wadick) & @inglis_sales Everest runner Gytrash (Josh Evans) runs into third ahead of Royalzel. @[email protected]@[email protected]_gordonpic.twitter.com/vI9T3FMDis
Eduardo, the dual Group 1 winner, was eager to go faster under jockey Robbie Dolan with Pride adamant the gelding is going as well as ever.
“His trial is what you would expect from a top sprinter like him,’’ Pride said.
“Anything less and I would be concerned.
“Robbie had a good hold on him, I didn’t want him breaking records this early in his preparation, so it was the perfect trial, just what I wanted to see.’’
Pride revealed at least three Everest slot-holders have reached out to him about Eduardo as their choice of sprinter for The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on October 16.
“I’m confident Eduardo will get a start in The Everest,’’ Pride said.
“We will give him every chance to get into the field.
“He will run in The Shorts first-up (September 18) and hopefully by then he’s in The Everest.
“But I want to give him a trial with Nash (Rawiller, jockey) on before The Shorts next month which would mean taking him away from Warwick Farm to Randwick.
“I’m dealing with the stewards about that and I’m hoping they will let me do it.’’
Gytrash galloping at Randwick last week. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Richards doesn’t have any worries about Gytrash getting into The Everest as Inglis have already selected him for the big race.
But the Adelaide trainer is having difficulties working out how he will get to Sydney and where he will base himself during the Covid lockdown.
“We trying to work out when we can get to Sydney and where we will stay but it’s not easy,’’ Richards admitted.
“At least I don’t have to worry too much about the horse – he is going great. I was tickled pink with his trial.
“He has never been a great trialler, he doesn’t win too many because he only does what he has to do in trials, but he looked really good finishing third to Eduardo.
“I think he wanted to ‘explode’ just before the corner, he was travelling that well, and the best part of his ‘game’ was once he balanced up in the straight.’’
Richards said Gytrash will have another barrier trial at Warwick Farm on August 30 before resuming in The Shorts next month.
Originally published asTrainers thrilled with Eduardo, Gytrash trials
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