A $1.33 million carrot is set to keep The Everest placegetter Gytrash in Sydney for the spring with trainer Gordon Richards unlikely to head to Melbourne for the VRC Sprint Classic.
The South Australian star is likely to next line up in the lucrative Yes Yes Yes Stakes at Rosehill on October 31 following his strong performance behind Classique Legend in Saturday’s $15 million The Everest.
The Yes Yes Stakes is a $1 million race with $580,000 of that purse heading to the winner but horses who started in The Everest will also be eligible for a bonus should they head to the race.
If Gytrash was to win the Yes Yes Yes Stakes he would be awarded a further $750,000 for lining up in both races.
The bonus was designed to encourage some of the country’s best sprinters to remain in Sydney after The Everest instead of heading to Melbourne to contest races like the VRC Sprint Classic where Gytrash is currently a $5 equal favourite.
“We are looking that way especially with the bonuses on offer,” Richards said.
“The fact that he is already here and settled is important and we’ve had some success here as well. He has come through his Everest run well.”
Richards has been staying in Sydney in recent weeks with Gytrash based out of the Warwick Farm stables of Clare Cunningham.
So far it’s been a successful visit for both horse and trainer despite coming up short in Saturday’s main event.
Gytrash was considered one of the favourites to capture The Everest after he won the Group 3 Concorde Stakes earlier this preparation.
But the son of Lope De Vega could only manage a credible third behind Classique Legend and Bivouac after settling in the back half of the field in a hotly paced affair.
“The pace probably didn’t suit him,” Richards said.
“It was a crazy pace but that’s not an excuse as it set it up for the back markers
“The winner, Classique Legend, was in front of him in the run and we just couldn’t hang onto his coat tails early in the straight.
“It was a brave run from our horse. He got squeezed up and ran on well.
“We are certainly proud of his run.”
Richards is keen to come back again next year with Gytrash, which is rated a $10 chance with TAB.com.au for next year’s The Everest.
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