South Australia’s three runners - Gytrash, Behemoth and Dollar For Dollar - drew ideally for Saturday's $15m TAB Everest at the barrier draw at Sydney Tower on Tuesday night.
Gytrash will jump from barrier seven, Behemoth drew perfectly in barrier two while the last horse in the field Dollar For Dollar from the Tony and Calvin McEvoy stable landed the inside gate.
Gytrash’s trainer Gordon Richards was the first man out on the deck to select the barrier and after a false start landed barrier seven.
“I’m happy with that,’’ Richards said.
“Jason (Collett) will be able to pick where he wants from there.
“He was number seven and he’s drawn barrier seven so I’m happy with that,’’ he said.
Richards said the horse had ticked all the boxes heading into the world’s richest race on turf after he run straight past Nature Strip at his Sydney debut six weeks earlier.
“He’s tip top,’’ Richards said.
Behemoth faired even better in barrier two and David Jolly said the horse had ticked all the boxes since leaving South Australia and arriving in Sydney where he had a final gallop on Tuesday morning.
Boom sprinter Nature Strip was the big winner drawing gate five which saw him firm in a $5 equal second favourite with Gytrash while pre-draw favourite Classique Legend, who will be ridden by South Australian Kerrin McEvoy chasing a third Everest win, remained a $4.50 favourite with tab.com.au.
Behemoth firmed to $11.