MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — AUGUST 19: Damien Oliver riding Vega Magic defeats Damian Lane riding Brave Smash (r) during Melbourne Racing at Caulfield Racecourse on August 19, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — AUGUST 19: Damien Oliver riding Vega Magic defeats Damian Lane riding Brave Smash (r) during Melbourne Racing at Caulfield Racecourse on August 19, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Waller locks in Weir sprinter for Everest

CHRIS Waller Racing is the latest slot owner to secure a horse for the $13m The Everest (1200m) on October 13 at Royal Randwick.

Waller has picked the Darren Weir-trained former Japanese sprinter Brave Smash, who finished third behind Redzel in the inaugural running of the race last year, as his Everest runner.

Brave Smash has since won the Group 1 Futurity Stakes, ran second in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap and Waller was more than happy to reach an agreement with the horse's managing owner Australian Bloodstock.

"We are in a very fortunate position to hold a slot and be in a position to showcase the stable's best sprinter when the time is right, however when the opportunity to have a horse of the calibre of Brave Smash represent the slot for my shareholders it was a straight forward decision,'' Waller said.

"The Everest has captured the attention of the entire world.

"We have a horse who has been proven in the best company of sprinters since arriving in Australia a little over 12 months ago and I have a huge amount of respect for Australian Bloodstock who are industry leaders in targeting and importing tried international horses".

Waller raced the Gerald Ryan-trained Deploy in last year's race after the speedster broke a few track records in the lead-up.

Kerrin McEvoy on Redzel raises his arm after winning The Everest last year.
Kerrin McEvoy on Redzel raises his arm after winning The Everest last year. DAVID MOIR

Brave Smash is the fourth horse to gain a start in this year's race alongside the defending champion Redzel, boom colt Trapeze Artist and Newcastle mare In Her Time.

Brave Smash is a $15 chance in Ladbroke's market for The Everest.

Australian Bloodstock's Jamie Lovett said Brave Smash deserved another chance in Australia's richest race after running third in the Australian Turf Club's slot last year.

"This year he is a Group 1 winner, with form around the best sprinters in the world,'' Lovett said.

"Darren Weir was very keen to secure a slot early this year and target the race. To be given the opportunity to represent Hall of Fame trainer Chris Waller and his partners in their slot is a huge thrill.

Chris Waller has secured the Darren Weir-trained Brave Smash for his slot in The Everest. Picture: Ian Currie
Chris Waller has secured the Darren Weir-trained Brave Smash for his slot in The Everest. Picture: Ian Currie

"The Everest race has already captured the attention of trainers and connections all over the world. It is something that our connections are very keen to be part of. We are very thankful and excited to now have that chance again.''

Meanwhile, Waller will run Queensland Oaks winner Youngstar in Saturday's Group 1 $600,000 Queensland Derby (2200m) at Doomben.

Stablemate and Oaks runner-up Another Dollar won't push on to the race however and will be spelled and the Epsom Handicap will be her spring target.

The barrier draw for the Derby and Stradbroke Handicap will be held on Wednesday.

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