Gytrash had no problems adapting to the Sydney way of going as he continued his unorthodox build-up to The TAB Everest with an impressive barrier trial effort at Warwick Farm Friday morning.
The brilliant Adelaide sprinter was having his first serious test racing in the clockwise direction as he finished strongly late to just miss overhauling Fasika, going under by a short half head in the 800m trial run in a slick 46.97s.
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Plenty of #TABEverest interest out at Warwick Farm on Friday with @PrideRacing mare Fasika holding off @inglis_sales slot holder Gytrash over 800m with leader Goldfinch in third. @tabcomau @racing_gordon @7horseracing @TheRacesSA pic.twitter.com/FUQo0FyJnO
Jockey Jason Collett let Gytrash settled three-wide off a fast early tempo before urging the big chestnut to sprint for home over the final 200m and he closed fast on the talented Fasika with the pair hitting the line together with little separating them.
The Gordon Richards-trained Gytrash who has been selected by slot-holder Inglis as their runner in the $15 million The TAB Everest at Royal Randwick on October 17.
Brenton Avdulla on Faskia (black) just holds off Jason Collett on Gytrash (blue/white) during the barrier trials at Warwick Farm on August 21, 2020. Picture: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Gytrash joins Nature Strip (TAB) and Classique Legend (Bon Ho) as the only sprinters so far locked in for a start in The Everest, the world’s richest turf race this spring.
Richards drove a float carrying Gytrash from Adelaide to Broken Hill then Dubbo and Sydney on a three-day outback odyssey, leaving last Sunday and arriving at Warwick Farm on Tuesday.
Hear from Gytrash's trainer Gordon Richards after his trial @inglis_sales #TABEverest @racing_gordon pic.twitter.com/xihnxZRwKV
Gytrash travelled so well during the long trip and had settled in at Clare Cunningham’s Warwick Farm stables this week that Richards had no hesitation in giving his stable star a trial hit-out this morning.
“The main reason for being here (this morning) was to see how he handled the Sydney way,’’ Richards said.
“I also wanted to get some feedback from Jason (Collett, jockey) about how he handled the track.’’
Gytrash, a $40,000 yearling purchase the Melbourne Premier Sale, has won eight of his 19 starts including the Group 1 Lightning Stakes where he defeated Redzel, Loving Gaby and Nature Strip, earning more than $1.2 million prizemoney.
Richards said Gytrash is likely to resume racing in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Royal Randwick on September 5, setting up a showdown with The Everest favourite Nature Strip.
Originally published asEverest trial more treasure than Trash
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