By Mark Brassel
The fourth running of the world’s richest race on turf delivered an outstanding spectacle when the grey flash Classique Legend took out an exciting $15 million The TAB Everest.
“This day would not have happened without the brilliant work of the NSW Government,” said Racing NSW’s Chief Executive, Mr Peter V’landys AM.
“Their efforts in containing the COVID virus under difficult circumstances has been world’s best practice and we greatly appreciate the NSW Government’s flexibility in easing restrictions on crowd numbers to attend today’s Everest Day.
“The government has been very supportive of the NSW Racing Industry throughout the COVID pandemic, allowing our participants state-wide to continue earning an income.”
Australian Turf Club’s Chief Executive, Jamie Barkley, said: “Royal Randwick has been showcased to the world in a COVID-safe environment.
“Royal Randwick has hosted a sold-out crowd and the single biggest thoroughbred racing event anywhere in the world.
“With Royal Randwick at full capacity, spectators have created a spectacular and vibrant atmosphere whilst still following all of the necessary health orders.
“Millions of television and digital viewers across more than 60 countries have also tuned in to see Sydney and our world-class racing shine in the spring.”
Tabcorp Managing Director Wagering & Media, Adam Rytenskild, said: “We are thrilled to have been part of the fourth running of the TAB Everest as a sponsor, slot holder and wagering partner.
“As the world’s richest race on turf, it continues to grab the attention of racing fans and the broader public. We are proud to play our part in the $15 million sprint and to bring the race to a local and global audience through Sky Racing.
“Congratulations to connections of Classique Legend and to TAB punters who won on the race. Our runner, Nature Strip, had to work hard early and gave it his all but wasn’t quite good enough on the day.”
Paul McRoberts, Sky Racing’s International Business Manager, said: “The TAB Everest reached more than 102 million viewers in 65 countries through our broadcasting partners Trackside NZ, TVG, Foxsports US, Sky Racing World US, Sky Sports Racing UK, Dubai Racing Channel and Singapore Pools.
“The Everest was televised in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Russia, Turkey and France,” he added.