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ATC begins Everest selection process

The Australian Turf Club has put its slot for the $10 million Everest up for tender.

The ATC will look at applications from Australia and overseas for the 1200m-sprint at Randwick on October 14.

Trainer David Hayes is already looking for a berth with Newmarket Handicap winner Redkirk Warrior and Goodwood winner Vega Magic while Mick Price is hoping Lankan Rupee, who is coming back from injury, can secure a start.

Among the criteria will be career performance and international ratings.

ATC chief executive Darren Pearce said selecting a runner was the first of many exciting stages ahead of the inaugural running of The Everest.

“The Everest has very quickly caught the attention and imagination of the local and international racing world, and many owners, trainers and representatives have already publicly stated they want to run,” Pearce said.

“The ATC will look to attract the very best sprinters to compete, and we hope the ATC Slot can be utilised by a horse that enhances the quality of the race and in turn promotes Sydney racing to the world.”

Applications close on June 30.

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