Slot Holder: INGLIS
Breeding: Lope De Vega (IRE) – Miss Barley
Trainer: Gordon Richards
Owners: Ms J Heaney, Mr C A Reynolds, Mr R M Warnock, Mr J M Baker, P N U, Mrs A J Charlton, Mr L J Clifford, Ms L Clifford, Mr S B Charlton, Dream To Win, Island Dreaming, Mr R B Jones, Ms V N Gordon, Mr W A Blythman, Mr G Blythman
Gytrash has a reputation as the ‘giant killer of Australian sprinting’ and Inglis have wasted little time in locking in the five-year-old for The TAB Everest with an eye on knocking off top seed Nature Strip.
The Gordon Richards-trained raced six times over the autumn for two wins, three seconds and a third. Of those, four were at Group One level.
The highlight being winning the G1 Lightning Stakes over 1000m where he beat Redzel, Loving Gaby, Nature Strip and Tofane.
“The horse has come back in terrific order,” said Richards, “We really couldn’t be happier with him, he’s matured again, he continues to fill out and I think this is going to be the prep he really announces himself as one of the best – if not the best – sprinter in the world.”
“He had a phenomenal autumn but I’m expecting a spectacular spring. We’ve set our sights high and now that we have the luxury of having a slot secured through Inglis so early, it means we can take our time with him and ensure he’s peaking on one day and one day only, and that’s Everest day.
“This horse has been underrated his entire career but he couldn’t have done much more in the autumn especially to prove he’s the real deal and he absolutely deserves his spot in the Everest because there is zero doubt that he’s in the best handful of sprinters in Australia, let alone in the top 12.
Gytrash kicked off his campaign downing Nature Strip in the G3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on September 5.