Spring contender Wild Ruler took the first step towards what connections hope will become a The Everest berth while leading Godolphin hope Trekking also put in strong work at Hawkesbury trials on Monday.
The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained sprinter edged clear late to secure the opening heat of the morning over 900m with Brad Widdup’s Listed winning mare Adelong between him and Trekking.
Less than half a length covered the trio at the post as Wild Ruler stopped the clock at 52.58 (last 600m in 33.92) under the care of jockey Sam Clipperton.
The Snowdens are hopeful Wild Ruler can attract a slot holder for The Everest with Paul Snowden telling News Corp over the weekend that the four-year-old was the stable’s top seed for The Everest.
The entire is rated a $51 chance with TAB fixed odds.
Trekking sits at $26 in the same market and is one of a number of horses in contention for Godolphin’s slot in the race with three-year-olds Paulele, Anamoe and Ingratiating also set to be considered.
Trekking, which finished third in the 2019 The Everest and fourth in 2020, appeared to have come back in excellent order in his first spring hit out.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy barely touched the seven-year-old as he coasted along closest to the inside.
Queensland Oaks winner Duais made her first appearance this spring in the same heat, finishing 5-3/4 lengths off the winner in fifth.
Wild Ruler starts his bid for a #TABEverest slot taking out the opening trial at @hawkesburyrc on Monday (finish line the start of the red fence marking) downing Adelong with Trekking a close third. Also in the trial was Group 1 winner Duais. @[email protected]/YwN13cpodx
Originally published asFirst trials a success for Everest hopefuls
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