Slot Holder: Aquis
High Chaparral – Pretty Penny
Trainer: Tony & Calvin McEvoy
Owners: R & C Legh Racing Pty Ltd, Pipeliner Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Mr G B Medved, Mr P J Mullen, Ms X Huang, Mr A C Hall, Mr E W Cockram, Mr G M Turner
Jockey: Tim Clark
Dollar For Dollar is a somewhat surprise entrant in the TAB Everest but Aquis is hoping he can be a super substitute in the $15m race.
The withdrawal of Golden Slipper winner Farnan forced Aquis to select a replacement and, much to co-trainer Tony McEvoy’s delight, they selected the in-form eight-year-old.
“He’s continuing to put together personal best performances,’’ McEvoy said.
“He beat home Tofane and Santa Ana Lane last start in the Gilgai, that’s very good form.
“He’s a similar style of horse to Redzel, he rolls forward and makes his own luck. It worked twice for Redzel, we’d be happy if it worked just once for our boy.
“We were coming for the Sydney Stakes anyway, now we are racing for a much bigger prize. It’s just incredible.”
Aquis isn’t the first slot holder to have to make a last minute change and they aren’t going to be the last and managing director Shane McGrath said the decision to remove Farnan from the race was an easy one once it became apparent he wasn’t ready.
“The reality is you’re going into the hardest sprint race in Australia, the biggest race of his life, and you need a faultless preparation to be going in there,’’ he said of Farnan.
“We have to think what’s best for the horse, what gives him his best opportunity.”
He said Dollar For Dollar brings some compelling form into the TAB Everest and his front-running racing style will ensure everyone gets a run for their money.
Tim Clark, who was to ride Farnan, will partner Dollar For Dollar in the Aquis silks.
“He is a horse we’ve been keeping an eye on,’’ McGrath said.
“Tony was bringing him up to Sydney and he’s a good tough horse in the best form of his life. We’ll strap in and try to enjoy it now the curve ball is out of the way.
“I think he will be highly competitive. There’s a couple of queries around a few runners, that’s the beauty of the Everest.”