Zoustar to Have Everest Runner
Three Bridges Thoroughbreds and partners have reached an agreement with Waller Racing to acquire the final Everest slot for quality sprint mare Haut Brion Her.
After trainer Chris Waller identified the daughter of Zoustar as the leading contender for the Waller stable’s Everest slot, negotiations resulted in Three Bridges and partners acquiring slot ownership for the 2020 running of the race.
Haut Brion Her, an impressive dual Group II winner, is only lightly raced with ten starts to her name for her Three Bridges owner-breeder partnership group.
A winner of her only start at Royal Randwick, Haut Brion Her has six victories to her lifetime record, which include an impressive win in the Group II Blazer Stakes at Flemington last campaign.
She will contest the Everest third-up this preparation, following a dazzling victory in the Group II Sheraco Stakes over 1200m.
Her winning time of 1:09.05 is the fastest ever for the event since it was run over the current distance, and less than half a second off the track record.
Three Bridges Thoroughbreds are excited by the chance to have their talented homebred lining up in the prestigious sprint, with Peter Liston expressing his faith in the quality mare.
“Since the day she was born Haut Brion Her has been a very special filly and showed us early on she had talent to burn on the track,” Liston said.
“At Three Bridges we take a very natural approach to raising our young horses, focusing on growing quality, strong horses in large open paddocks. 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.”
The announcement means Waller Racing will now have two stable representatives in the Everest field, with Nicconi’s champion son Nature Strip racing in the TAB-owned slot.
Last year the Waller stable won the event with 3-year-old colt Yes Yes Yes.
“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.”
Brenton Advulla has been booked for the ride.