Private Eye reserves a seat on Everest

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Trainer Joe Pride will have two runners on Everest after selecting Private Eye

There is only one slot left to fill in The Everest after Inglis chose Private Eye to replace the injured Snapdancer as his stand-in in the $15 million sprint.

Snapdancer was ruled out of the race earlier this week after suffering a setback and Inglis quickly identified another contender, confirming Private Eye as his runner on Thursday.

The announcement gives trainer Joe Pride two Everest contenders with Group 1 winner and stablemate Eduardo in the field.

Last year’s Epsom Handicap winner Private Eye lined up in Everest’s late entry squad when he won first in the Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington last Saturday,

Pride feels the five-year-old has blossomed over the past 12 months and will come in handy if the race runs at a high pace as expected.

“He’s really matured over the last 12 months and especially the last six months, just with the added maturity he’s now a bigger, stronger version of himself and he’s got an amazing spin,” Pride said.

“For Private Eye, the race is perfectly prepared.

“There is a lot of speed to lead the race but also in the middle stages of this field and that will make for great pace.

“Randwick is generally a swooper’s track and it will really suit him.

Private Eye’s selection means the Everest puzzle is almost complete, with Godolphin the only slot holder yet to confirm it will run.

They are not expected to decide until after stablemates Paulele and Ingratiating square off in the Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday, while stable stable stalwart Kementari is also likely to be in the mix after his narrow fourth behind the hopeful Lost And Running on Everest. Premier Bets.

Everest (1200m) is at Randwick on Saturday week.

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