“They are pretty similar to mine and I told them I would keep them for next year.”
Gytrash will only have to hold his form to be back for The Everest, as he and The Everest winner, Classique Legend, appear locked in even a year out.
Any doubt about him running out the 1300m was certainly tested on the heavy ground as he had to reel in Haut Brion Her, which kicked a couple of lengths clear at the 200m marker.
But Jason Collett knew he had another gear as he went full bore on Gytrash.
“The 1300m on the heavy track, I just wanted to keep him balanced and he went through his gears really well,” Collett said.
“He got a chance to go through his gears today. In The Everest, he was just flat out all the way chasing.
“He is relaxed and got the chance to use his gears, and I knew he had an extra gear like he did in the Concorde when he ran down Nature Strip.
“I knew had that, and he used it.”
At the finish, Gytrash ($3.40 fav) had a neck on Haut Her Brion ($3.80) with Imaging ($10) another 2¼ lengths back in third.
It was a brilliant ride by Brenton Avdulla, who saved every piece of ground on Haut Brion Her and skipped clear but just couldn’t hold on.
“She went huge. Just got beaten by a good horse on the day,” he said.
Richards always thought Gytrash was going to get to Haut Brion Her but was a bit worried at the 100m.
“I was looking on the screen and then at the track, but he is a horse that knows how to win,” he said.
“The leaders sort of stacked them up and sprinted for home. It left him a little bit flat-footed on the heavy ground. He just knows how to win. Or wants to win.
“He winds up that much he could go around again. Once he gets a full head of steam, he is hard to hold out.”
Richards will take Gytrash back to Adelaide and has mapped out a program that includes Melbourne and Sydney.
“He’ll spell and come back for the Lightning Stakes and Newmarket, and he likes the air up here, so we’ll be her for the TJ Smith,” Richards said.
“Then we will come back for The Shorts and then a month later for The Everest. I just want to come back and win the big one now.”
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald