Home Of The Brave Fills Last Everest Slot

By Brad Gray

Home Of The Brave is the final piece of The TAB Everest puzzle with the Australian Turf Club confirming the Godolphin seven-year-old will take his place in the $13 feature on Saturday week at Royal Randwick.

After an eventful couple of days which saw Damion Flower pounce on Viddora having lost English and GPI Racing move in on Le Romain at the expense of Invincible Star, as it stands, the 12 slots have all been filled.

“We are delighted to have Home Of The Brave running in The Everest,” said James Cummings.

“The great thing about a race like The Everest is that it captures a wider audience other than just racing enthusiasts. It is great for the whole team to have a horse in such a big race.

“There is a threat of some rain, so along with coming back to 1200 metres with some cut in the ground, he would have conditions to suit. The horse has got really good form and defeated Trapeze Artist in the Theo Marks. He’ll be a really competitive chance.”

ATC Director Phil Morley believes by partnering with Godolphin, it will further build the international profile of The TAB Everest.

“Our partnership with Godolphin will provide the ATC with further opportunities to promote the Club and Sydney racing to a global audience,” Morley said.

“We believe Home Of The Brave is a winning chance and his trainer James Cummings has made a significant impact since joining Godolphin including winning Saturday’s Group One TAB Epsom with Hartnell.

“We strongly believe this partnership will further elevate this world-class event across all platforms and bring new audiences to our racing.”

Home Of The Brave will be ridden by Tommy Berry, who was originally pinning his hopes on the grey flash Chautauqua before being booked for English.

“It’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride the last couple of weeks with Everest rides,” Berry told Sky Sports Radio, “So to end up on Home Of The Brave a week and a half out is something I wasn’t expecting.”

“He has got great wet form, has got good form between 1200m and 1400 and there looks to be good speed in the race.

“I missed out on being in (The TAB Everest) last year so I’m just excited to be part of it this year.”

TAB reacted by shortening Home Of The Brave’s odds from $21 to $15 in their futures market where Santa Ana Lane, Trapeze Artist and Vega Magic are equal $7 favourites.