Gordon Richards has found a second home at Warwick Farm and if he has it his way his star Gytrash will be spending a bit of time there in the coming years.
The South Australian trainer has spent more time in Sydney’s west than at his Morphettville in the past two months but it’s for a good reason – he’s chasing the $15 million carrot that is The Everest.
Saturday is D-day for both horse and trainer and with the right luck Richards is confident his son of Lope De Vega can win the race.
And if all goes to play Richards believes there is no reason why his talented five-year-old can’t follow in the footsteps on Redzel and Santa Ana Lane and be a contender in the richest race on turf for years to come.
“He has proven up here in this way of going and he is only going to be better in future years,” Richards said.
“We probably won’t have to come up as early next year if we come up next year and will only have three or four runs for the rest of the year and hopefully back next year.
“We know the ropes now so it is going to be a lot easier.”
Richards made the choice to set up shop at Warwick Farm before securing his slot with Inglis – who have their Riverside complex out at the racecourse.
Trainer Gordon Richards poses with Jason Collett after winning the Concorde Stakes. Photo by Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Since then it’s been a happy marriage between Richards, Gytrash, Inglis and Warwick Farm after settling at the track with the goal of securing the services on one of Sydney’s most in-form jockeys.
“I was very keen to get Jason Collett to ride the horse and have a couple of rides him before The Everest, and I liked the way he rides, and then knowing he was the partner of Clare Cunningham,” Richards said
“I thought if he rides for us her stable will be a good marriage for us and it was worked out that way. It couldn’t have been better.
“After we have done this found out Inglis was out there with their complex, although we didn’t have their slot, so it has fallen into place.
“It has been fantastic out there.
“Even Clare Cunningham and her staff have been great and they are right behind us.
“Win, lose or draw, it’s been an amazing experience and hopefully we can make it all worthwhile on Saturday.”
Bring on the #TABEverest! In a sensational run the giant killer Gytrash gets the win in the TAB Concorde Stakes! pic.twitter.com/dd8Yb51TPF
Gytrash enhanced his status as one of the best sprinters in the nation when he lowered the colours of Nature Strip in the Concorde Stakes and Richards is confident he can repeat the dose on Saturday.
“He is the real deal,” he said.
“I know he has to bring his Concorde run to Saturday and I think he will.
“He hasn’t gone backwards and the 1200m doesn’t worry me.
“It will be down to luck and running and the best horse on the day.”
Jason Collett will ride Gytrash again in The Everest. Photo by Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Richards attended Tuesday night’s barrier draw at the Sydney Tower and walked out on the sky deck to pick Gytrash’s slot in The Everest. He drew gate 7.
“In the end it is a good draw,” Richards said.
“I was hoping to be further in but looking at the make up of the field and who has drawn where, it is probably a good draw so we can slide across behind a bit of pace.
“He will be able to go when he wants to go.”
Gytrash is $6 with TAB.com.au.
Originally published asEverest contender Gytrash relishing life at the Farm
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