Menari set for Everest
Australia's richest race The Everest could be on the agenda for Menari after the three-year-old made a huge statement at Rosehill on Saturday afternoon.
Trainer Gerald Ryan watched on as Menari won the $150,000 Listed The Rosebud (1100m) and was happy to set his sights much much higher after the race.
He's as good as anything I've sat on. I won't say anymore.Josh Parr
The $1million Golden Rose (1400m) on 23rd September has always been suggested as the likely target for Menari, but Ryan is looking even higher.
"I'm thinking Everest," he said. "I think he's a sprinter and we'll play it by ear and see where we go with him. Good horse, good horse."
Six of the 12 slots for the $10million race, which will be run at Randwick on 14th October, are spoken for with the likes of Chautauqua, English and She Will Reign confirmed runners.
Menari is 999/1 to win The Everest on a win and each way bet with Global Glamour at 999/1.
Menari's victory on Saturday was even more impressive considering he lumped equal topweight of 60.5kg and jockey Josh Parr was full of praise.
"He jumped well but the fly in the ointment was always going to be Lightz and I wasn't sure if I would be going forward or back," he said.
"When it went forward I thought, no, no, come back and get some cover and switch him off rather than jamming him with 60.5kg."
Menari beat favourite Siege Of Quebec by 1-1/4 with another length back to the James Cummings-trained Trekking in third place.
"He's an exceptionally talented horse," Parr added. "I know it sounds a little bit arrogant but I was so confident his ability could overcome the (perceived on-pace) bias of the track today.
"He's as good as anything I've sat on. I won't say anymore."
Menari is 7/5 to win the Golden Rose next month with Kementari also priced at 999/1.
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