The TAB Everest slots have become hot property in Australian thoroughbred racing.
The world’s richest turf race is still seven months away but there has been a trading frenzy this week including John Messara’s all-powerful Arrowfield Stud negotiating an alignment with The Star Entertainment Group to run as joint slot holders for the $15 million The Everest for the next four years.
This partnership comes in the same week Godolphin secured a three-year deal to purchase The Everest slot previously held by Damion Flower, who recently pleaded guilty to two charges relating to a cocaine smuggling syndicate.
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Inaugural winner the of the TAB Everest, Redzel. Photo: Brendan Esposito/AAP ImageSource:AAP
And Inglis has been negotiating to lease The Everest slot of Greg Ingham with an announcement expected early next week.
It is understood Inglis received numerous expressions of interest both nationally and internationally for the slot with an Australian-based corporation believed to be leading the “race”.
The Everest slots are valued at $600,000 per annum but are being sold or leased for significantly more such is the demand for the 12 starting positions.
In joining forces to create a unique slot combination, The Star and Arrowfield are well-positioned to challenge for their first success in the $15 million classic over the next four years.
Messara said the Arrowfield Group is “excited to join The Star in a shared quest to win The Everest.”
“We bring complementary skills to our partnership, the race is an irresistible challenge for both of us, and we look forward to contesting it together,’’ Messara told The Daily Telegraph.
“This partnership keeps us in the game for The Everest which has become such an important racing event.
“Perhaps we will have the right sprinter ourselves but if we don’t we will negotiate the best horse available at the time.’’
Arrowfield and The Star did team up once previously for The Everest with Shoals three years ago but the mare struggled in heavy track conditions and finished well back behind Redzel.
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The Star was a founding slot holder when The Everest was introduced in 2017 and this alliance with Arrowfield extends its commitment to the race until at least 2024.
“The Everest drew immediate interest from the domestic and international racing community. Just as importantly, it captivated the hearts and minds of the public in next to no time,’’ said Matt Bekier, chief executive of The Star Group.
Bekier said The Star held its association with The Everest in high esteem and was thrilled to team up with Arrowfield in a search for victory.
“We’re delighted to have established a long-term partnership with the leading Australian-owned stud,” he said.
“Arrowfield has an illustrious 35-year track record of breeding, selling and standing some of the best thoroughbreds in the country.
“We are confident that together, The Star Arrowfield slot will be a winner in the years to come.”
The Star Entertainment Group has a long history of supporting the Sydney racing industry through its sponsorship deals with the Australian Turf Club including the Doncaster Mile and ATC Australian Oaks and as naming rights partner of both days of The Championships at Royal Randwick.
“We support cultural and sporting events that really matter to this city, and we have invested billions of dollars to create a world-class tourism and entertainment destination here,’’ Bekier said.
“It highlights our commitment to making Sydney a must-visit location for domestic and international guests.”
Originally published asArrowfield to Star in Everest
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