The decision to introduce a race series for The Everest, coupled with the Blue Sapphire Stakes, have trainer Simon Miller contemplating a trip east in the spring.
The Melbourne Racing Club announced on Tuesday that the winner of the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on October 12 would fill its slot in the $14 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick a fortnight later.
There are three qualifying races to determine the Schillaci field — the Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) on August 17, Group 3 The Heath (1100m) on August 31 and Listed Testa Rossa Stakes (1200m) on September 29.
Miller has several stars shaping up for spring and summer campaigns, including Valour Road, Lady Cosmology, Achernar Star, Special Reward, Flirtini and Dance Music.
“It’s big stakes with the winner of the Schillaci going through,” Miller said. “It’s opened my eyes up and I might want to decoy over with one.
“The allure of the money is very enticing.
“I’ve had good three-year-olds measure up over east. The logical option is Achernar Star and Lady Cosmology play the Railway and the rest go to the Winterbottom.
“But I’ll wait until they’re up and rolling and then figure out whether they stay local or go east.”
Miller’s top gallopers are back in work apart from Valour Road and Flirtini, who are still spelling after racing into the winter.
Niccovi, who won at Ascot and ran second to Jericho Missile in the Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m) in February, could be aimed at the Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in October.
“She’s back in work early enough to duck over if we want to,” Miller said.
“If she races well here she could go over.”
Group 1 winners Black Heart Bart, Malaguerra and Scales Of Justice will trial at next Tuesday’s Ballarat jump-outs for trainer Lindsey Smith.
James Cummings is poised to become only the sixth trainer to prepare 100 Sydney winners in a season.
Godolphin’s Australian trainer moved to 96 wins with a double at Warwick Farm on Wednesday, taking his stable’s season earnings over $30 million.