Connections of Nature Strip have confirmed one of the remaining slot holders in The Everest have been in touch, but an offer to race in the $13million sprint has yet to materialise.
Five slots remain and Nature Strip made a case to take one of them after he led most of the way to win Saturday's AR Creswick Stakes over 1200m.
James Harron, Max Whitby, the ATC, Greg Ingham's GPI Racing and Coolmore have yet to commit to a horse, and Nature Strip part-owner Rod Lyons confirmed on Monday morning that an approach had been made.
"One has rung up and said we might be interested," Lyons told Melbourne Radio RSN. "They didn't tell me not to say anything and haven't made an offer, but said that they've got it down to three horses and you are one of them.
"We'll come back to you in a week or so to see whether you make the final cut.
"The Everest would be terrific if we got in it - the excitement and the hype would be great but if we don't no-one's going to slash their wrists, there's some terrific races for him here.
"We're going to head toward the Bletchingly (Stakes, Caulfield 28th July) and if he wins that and there's any slots left we might get one after that.
"Hopefully this time next year will be better and we don't have to worry about all this cat and mouse stuff."
Nature Strip is 999/1 to win The Everest, with In Her Time 10/1 and Santa Ana Lane 7/1.
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