Trekking

Slot Holder: MRC

Breeding: Street Cry-Outdoor

Trainer: James Cummings

Owners: Godolphin

Jockey: Josh Parr

Prizemoney: $1,801,495

Career: 22-9:2:3

Stradbroke Handicap winner Trekking secured his place in the TAB Everest via a ‘win and you’re in’ concept to fill the Melbourne Racing Club’s slot.

Trekking won his way into the race when he scored in the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield and once trainer James Cummings saw the horse pulled up well the morning after Godolphin confirmed he would take his place.

“While we are conscious of all that, the welfare of the horse is paramount, and we are pleased to report that he recovered well post-race and he is in very good condition this morning,” Cummings said.

Josh Parr, who celebrated a Group 1 win on Shadow Hero in the Spring Champion Stakes, has been booked to partner Trekking while Hugh Bowman rides Alizee.

Kerrin McEvoy rode Trekking into the TAB Everest but he’ll be chasing an historic third win in Australia’s richest race with the Snowden stable and Redzel.

After the Schillaci Stakes win, Cummings said Trekking is the type of horse that will handle the seven day back up and the fact he was set for the ‘win and you’re in’ race says The TAB Everest has always been in the planning.

“He’ll look attractive in the form guide. He’s only second-up today,’’ Cummings said on Saturday.

“We saved him so that he would be second-up in the Schillaci and be ready to go.

“That sort of fitness would help him if we were to consider it but, of course, we have to be really happy with how he pulls up.’’

Given Cummings and the Godolphin team are happy with Trekking, managing director Vin Cox said it’s exciting to have two runners in the TAB Everest.

“As stated straight after the race, we wanted to see how the horse recovered from his race in the Schillaci and assess all aspects of him being asked to run in two, high-pressure races in seven days,” Cox said.

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