Slot Holder: James Harron Bloodstock
Holy Roman Emperor – Spina Rosa
Trainer: Cliff Brown
Owners: Barree Pastoral Co Pty Ltd
Jockey: Regan Bayliss
James Harron is no stranger to making the right move at the right time in the TAB Everest and he’s confident he has chosen wisely in locking in former Singapore star The Inferno as his slot’s representative in next month’s $15m sprint classic.
On the back of the five-year-old’s eye-catching second in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night, Harron wasted no time in confirming a deal with trainer Cliff Brown and owner Glenn Whittenbury.
“I just think he brings something new to the race,’’ Harron said.
“He’s been set for the race so he’s going to be fit and hopefully peaking at his fourth start. The 1200m at a big track like Randwick is going to be right up his alley.
Cliff Brown revealed himself as a big fan of the TAB Everest concept earlier this month and he’s rapt that the plan to get The Inferno into the race has come off.
He returned earlier this year after 12 years in Singapore and said a desire to test The Inferno against the best sprinters on the planet was a big part in bringing the horse to Australia.
“I actually thought he’s the best horse I’ve ever trained, now I haven’t trained Winx or anything, but we’ve had Group 1 winners before and he was the one I thought ‘gosh he is really good’,’’ Brown said.
“When the racing changed in Singapore and the feature races were cut back it was a case of we’ve got to come back and see where he’s at.
“In fairness he’s got to measure up again. I think he can but once again you are going to the next grade.”