South Australian star Gytrash has reached base camp in Sydney and trainer Gordon Richards declared it’s now ‘full steam ahead’ to the summit of the $15m The Everest.
Richards’ star returned to pre-training in Sydney last week after spelling near Hawkesbury and is set to remain on the east coast as he prepares for his second tilt at Randwick’s lucrative sprint on October 16.
Inglis have already locked in Gytrash in their slot for the richest race on turf for a second time after the gelding chased home Classique Legend and Bivouac when finishing third in last year’s race.
Richards is determined to have his son of Lope de Vega peaking on grand final day.
“He looks good and it’s a matter of giving him plenty of time to be ready for the race,” he said.
“It’s full steam ahead.
“We probably won’t come back her to Adelaide and will be based there at Warwick Farm again.
“He is on the water walker up there at Menangle at the moment and will do a month there before he gets back to work.”
Trainer Gordon Richards. Photo: Mark Evans – Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Gytrash last raced in the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup at Eagle Farm where it was a total forget run when he was hampered in the straight before finishing 11th in the sprint.
Richards plans on running Gytrash in The Everest second up and the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick on September 18 will provide the ideal launching pad into the feature.
“He will take a very similar path but he won’t go to the Concorde this time,” Richards said.
“We will kick him off in The Shorts and go four weeks into The Everest.”
Gytrash is currently rated a $15 chance in The Everest with TAB fixed odds with Nature Strip holds favouritism at $4.50.
Four slots have currently been filled for The Everest with Gytrash joined by Nature Strip, Masked Crusader and Lost And Running.
Classique Legend is also assured a spot with owner Bon Ho in possession of a slot.
Originally published asGytrash begins The Everest climb
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