Oct 14 2020 Legend fares well at Everest barrier draw
There has been mixed fortunes for the fancied runners at the all-important barrier draw for The Everest, which has taken place atop Sydney Tower against a spectacular city skyline backdrop.
Classique Legend retained his place at the top of markets at $4.50 after coming up with barrier six at Tuesday night's draw.
He will start immediately outside multiple Group One winner Nature Strip, who firmed from $6 into $5 with Play Up after drawing gate five.
However, the news was not as kind for Libertini, who came up with the outside barrier in the 12-horse field.
Slot holder James Harron said the wide gate had made it tougher for the Anthony Cummings-trained mare.
"I'm slightly deflated after that draw," Harron said.
"But she is quite a dynamic filly and she can come from off the pace.
"All is not lost."
South Australian raider Gytrash will jump from a midfield draw in seven and trainer Gordon Richards says that will give jockey Jason Collett the opportunity to find a good position in the run.
"Number seven, barrier seven. I can handle that," Richards said.
"Jason will be able to pick where he is from there and there's a bit of pace inside of him."
Dollar For Dollar was the last horse to secure a spot in the race as a late replacement for Farnan, who was withdrawn on Monday following an interrupted preparation.
The Tony and Calvin McEvoy-trained veteran drew the inside gate.
The full field and barrier draw for the $15 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday:
(Play Up Fixed Odds)
1. Nature Strip (5) $5
2. Trekking (4) $17
3. Classique Legend (6) $4.50
4. Santa Ana Lane (8) $21
5. Behemoth (2) $11
6. Bivouac (10) $14
7. Gytrash (7) $4.80
8. Eduardo (9) $19
9. Dollar For Dollar (1) $34
10. Tofane (11) $19
11. Libertini (12) $7.50
12. Haut Brion Her (3) $21