Slot Holder: Three Bridges
Breeding: Zoustar – One In A Million
Trainer: Chris Waller
Owners: Mr G J Johnson, Mr S W Gardiner, Mr P J Liston
Regular jockey: Brenton Avdulla
Three Bridges Thoroughbreds took a punt on talented homebred Haut Brion Her and acquired the final TAB Everest slot for 2020 from Chris Waller Racing to give her mare a shot at the biggest race of her life.
Owner Peter Liston said he’s excited to have the chance to run the five-year-old in the Everest.
“At Three Bridges we take a very natural approach to raising our young horses, focusing on growing quality, strong horses in large open paddocks,” Liston said.
“The results of those principles are exemplified by Haut Brion Her, who will now tackle the highest-rated sprint in the world. It’s very exciting and we couldn’t be prouder of this wonderful mare.”
Haut Brion Her had almost a year off racing before she scored a brilliant win in the Group 2 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on September 12. She found 1400m after a hard run just beyond her in the Group 2 Golden Pendant two weeks later but showed grit to be beaten just over two lengths.
After that defeat trainer Chris Waller said Haut Brion Her would come back to 1200m for her next start on October 17 but instead of the Group 3 Sydney Stakes being that target she finds herself in the TAB Everest.
The mare joins stablemate Nature Strip in the race and Brenton Avdulla has been booked to ride.
“It’s incredibly exciting for the whole Waller Racing team to see two of our stable stars lineup as genuine chances in the 2020 Everest,” Waller said.
“Haut Brion Her has showed her brilliant speed this preparation with a superb win in the Sheraco and I know she is capable of giving this race a shake up.
“Her work has been faultless the last two weeks which gives me great confidence that she will be primed to put in a big performance on Saturday.”