Nature Strip leads Everest market with Rothfire out

The market for the $15m, TAB Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 17th has changed once again after a major race with the news on Sunday morning that Rothfire is out of the invitation race after fracturing a sesamoid in the Group 1 Golden Rose over 1400m at Rosehill on Saturday.

After Rothfire’s win in the Group 2 The Run To The Rose over 1200m on September 12th he went from $7.00 into $2.60 with TAB for The Everest and conversely Farnan, who faded to fifth in that race, drifted from $3.50 out to $7.00.

On Sunday the Chris Waller trained Nature Strip is leading the market at $3.50 before he trials over 900m before RNSW stewards’ on Monday and if he passes that test races in the $500,000, Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday. Nature Strip started a trial at Randwick last Monday but reared and dropped jockey James McDonald leaving the barriers with stewards ruling his must trial again before racing.

The impressive Group 2 The Shorts winner, Classique Legend is on the second line of the market at $5.00 with Group 3 Concorde Stakes winner Gytrash on the third line at $6.00. Farnan is now out at $15.00.

The Robert Heathcote trained Rothfire led the Golden Rose field into the main straight and was run down finishing a brave fourth, 3 1/4L from the winner Ole Kirk, with jockey Jim Bryne dismounting after the line feeling Rothfire was not right. Immediately after the race Rothfire was graded as three out of five lame.

Heathcote confirmed on Sunday that Rothfire will be out of racing for up to a year after the fracture and subsequent surgery.

Rothfire, a gelding by Rothsay, won the Group 1 JJ Atkins over 1400m at Eagle Farm on September 12th and started Saturday’s race with a record of seven wins from eight starts with earnings of $869,750.

Rothfire being led back to the mounting yard after the Golden Rose on Saturday, picture