The PR war for a remaining slot in the $13m, The Everest (1200m) stepped up a notch on Monday after the Waterhouse and Bott trained Invincible Star won a 850m trial on the Kensington course at Randwick by a remarkable 9.8L.
The four-year-old I Am Invincible mare under Tim Clark exploded into the lead from the barriers and basically left the rest of the eight strong field to their own trial.
Zousain (Zoustar) and James McDonald led the rest home with a 1/2L back to Let Me Sleep On It (Manhatten Rain) and Rachel King.
The margin was franked by the 600m time of 33.08 as the stable left no opportunity to impress the three remaining slot holders, Whitby and Werritt, Greg Ingham and the Australian Turf Club, about their charges’ fitness for a return to racing.
The stable were not shy in tweeting out after the trial: “#TheEverest hope INVINCIBLE 🌟 gaps a star studded field this AM @royalrandwick without breaking a sweat 😜 #watchthisspace”
This was the second trial for Invincible Star after winning over 800m on July 20th over Super Too and subsequent Group 2 Missile Stakes winner Pierata.
Invincible Star has raced just five times, but the results were impeccable. She is a duel Group 3 winner and she was second to now retired Royal Ascot Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes winner Merchant Navy in the 2017 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes over 1200m at Flemington.
On Sunday Victorian Darren Weir let it be known that connections of his sprinter Nature Strip were in discussions over a slot for The Everest.
"In the past few days, there has been an inquiry about Nature Strip," Weir told RSN 927's Correct Weight.
"I've left it to the owners. There will be a decision, the people who have enquired and the owners are going to work something out over the next couple of weeks.”
The Everest invitation race is at Randwick on October 13th.
Should slot holders be looking at the @GaiWaterhouse1 @ Adrian Bott mare Invincible Star for #TheEverest after this trial @royalrandwick ? The Group 1 placed 4YO was in a race of her own in the 850m heat on Monday! @tabcomau @SkyRacingAU pic.twitter.com/X8zZsEHDJd— Racing NSW (@racing_nsw) August 12, 2018