South Australian sprinter Gytrash on track for another shot at The Everest

Regular jockey Jason Collett believes The Everest contender Gytrash is on track to recapture his best form this spring.

The South Australian sprinter, trained by Gordon Richards and his new partner, long-time stable foreman Damien Moyle, is building towards his second attempt at the Australia’s richest race – the $15 million TAB The Everest (1200m) at Randwick in October.

Gytrash was locked into the Inglis slot for the second year running in June when the sales house confirmed last year’s third placegetter in The Everest would again be their representative.

Collett, who has ridden the son of Lope de Vega (IRE) in each of his starts over the past year, partnered the six-year-old in a Randwick gallop on the course proper on Friday.

“It was the first time I’ve been able to sit on his back and do a bit of fast work this time around,” Collett said.

“It was good.

“He’s definitely going in the right direction. I’m happy with where we are at.

“Naturally he’s not screwed down yet, there’s more improvement there, but I really liked the feel he gave me.

“He’s going to trial on Tuesday, I can’t ride him but his trackwork rider Josh Evans will and he’s also happy with how he’s coming up.”

Jason Collett and Gytrash after they combined to win the Yes Yes Yes Stakes at Rosehill in October. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

Gytrash is set to contest an 800 metre course proper trial at Warwick Farm on Tuesday against fellow Group 1 winner Eduardo.

“He was a bit lazy working by himself on Friday but he did what Gordon wanted him to do,” Collett said

“He’ll do more in his trial when he has a bit of competition. He’s been doing this for a while now and he’s a bit of a cunning bugger.

“We’ll see where he’s at after the trial. It will give us a better guide where he’s at.

“His first-up run is still to be decided.”

Last year Gytrash beat Nature Strip when winning first-up in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m).

The set weights and penalties event will be held on the Randwick card on September 4. The Group 2 The Shorts (1100m), also a Randwick set weights and penalties contest, is run on September 18 before the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) on October 2.

The Premiere Stakes like The Everest on October 16, are weight-for-age races also at Randwick.

Gytrash is being offered as a $15 chance with TAB Fixed Odds.

Originally published asStar sprinter Gytrash on track for upcoming return

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