Chris Waller won’t train a runner in the field for The Everest but he and stable supporters are chasing the $10 million prize pool and the diamond-encrusted trophy with Rosehill neighbour Gerald Ryan.
The Ryan-trained Deploy will occupy Waller Racing’s slot for the world’s richest sprint race at Randwick.
Deploy is the eighth confirmed starter in the 12-strong field for the 1200m race on October 14.
Waller, Sydney’s premier trainer, could not find a suitable runner in his own stable and has selected the in-form Deploy, who is also based at Rosehill.
“Given he is also trained out of our primary training base, we have been fortunate to watch his progression closely,” Waller said.
“We feel that Deploy is the perfect horse to link up with for the race given his rapid rise through the sprinting ranks in the last 12 months.”
Deploy has won seven of his nine starts this preparation, including a record-setting win in the Group III Show County Quality (1200m) at Randwick on August 19, when he clocked 1:08.06.
Ryan was rapt Deploy made the cut. “He’s in devastating form,” he said. “He’s undefeated in six Sydney metropolitan starts and he’s run two track records in his last two starts.”
Three weeks after the Show County Quality, Deploy set another record when he ran 1:14.92 for the Rosehill 1300m in the Group II Theo Marks Stakes.
Ryan said a five-week break leading into The Everest would be ideal.
“Coming off two hot races like that you can tick him over and gallop him between races somewhere or give him a trial,” he said.
Deploy joins Chautauqua, She Will Reign, Houtzen, English, Fell Swoop, Redzel and Brave Smash in the Everest field.
Brave Smash completes his build-up to The Everest at Caulfield today. The Japanese sprinter is odds-on favourite in the Testa Rossa Stakes (1200m).
The Hayes-Dabernig stable will have announcements regarding Redkirk Warrior and Vega Magic in the next 72 hours.
Meanwhile, weights will not be raised for the Caulfield Cup or Melbourne Cup if the designated topweights do not accept for the respective races.
Racing Victoria announced the changes for the two feature handicaps yesterday.
Racing Australia amended a rule this month to give Principal Racing Authorities flexibility whether they raise weights for Group I handicap races if the highest weighted horse has less than 57kg at final acceptance time.
Additional reporting: AAP