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The Everest Power Rankings 2022 Edition 1 - Early August

Updated: Aug 27, 2022

Welcome to the Everest Power Rankings, Edition 1 in early August. Over the course of the the net few months, I will be releasing a top 10 power rankings heading into big races, in this case, the Everest. Let us get into it.

10. Overpass ($34 on TAB)

This spot could have realistically gone to many horses but I elected for Overpass. Performed very well in the Galaxy and TJ Smith Stakes and seems to be another promising 4yo entire.

Last Start: 7th in the G1 All-Aged Stakes

9. In The Congo ($18 on TAB)

In The Congo comes in at 9. Ran very well in the autumn but could not break through. He was not far off Mazu either. Another top 6 chance but will need to improve to do better.

Last Start: 9th in the G1 All-Aged Stakes

8. Paulele ($15 on TAB)

Paulele is starting to put together a typically consistent Godolphin career that comes with a lack of wins but many solid showings which is unusual as he settles far better than most of the boys in blue.. He will be a top 6 chance in the race.

Last Start: 2nd in the G1 Kingsford Smith Cup

7. Entriviere ($26 on TAB)

A horse that if the tempo is hot, could give the placings a real shake. Surprised they did not seek a slot last year and should eye one off this year. Her turn of foot is electric and can handle most surfaces.

Last Start: 11th in the G1 Kingsford Smith Cup

6. Lost & Running [Slot]($11 on TAB)

Last years 4th placer comes in at 6. Probably a level below all 5 above him but also appears to be better than all that came before. May be better over further which helps if the tempo is up. Last Start: 14th in the G1 Newmarket Hcp

5. Masked Crusader [Slot]($15 on TAB)

Unlucky not to win last year, just left it a little too late. Autumn was quite disappointing but his Newmarket Hcp run really flew under the radar. If he can get back to his best, he is stronger chance than 5th.

Last Start: 9th in the 2022 G1 TJ Smith Stakes

4. Mazu [Slot]($8 on TAB)

The horse that appears to have a fair bit of upside and similarities to Redzel comes in at 4th. He is versatile on all surfaces and brings in a different formline to many of these but the question is is he good enough. The spring will tell.

Last Start: 1st in the 2022 G1 Doomben Cup

3. Eduardo [Slot]($11 on TAB)

If Nature Strip has not returned to his best and presuming he does not feel like year old, Eduardo is my pick. However questions on his age, plus being able to compete with Nature Strip over 1200m are real concerns.

Last Start: 2nd in the 2022 G1 TJ Smith Stakes

2. Classique Legend ($11 on TAB)

The only horse that can match motors with Nature Strip at his best however, there is no way of currently knowing if he can ever reach that level again until he hits the track so realistically, he could rank anywhere between 1st and 6th here. I back in Les Bridges to get him to at least 90% but he will need to be 100% to win.

Last Start: 5th in the 2021 The Everest

1. Nature Strip [Slot](2.80 on TAB)

He should be number one. He is the best and most consistent sprinter going around. He is not unbeatable and occasionally, can come undone in running but he should come into this race as a clear favourite, unless he tells us otherwise.

Last Start: 1st in the 2022 G1 Kings Stand Stakes

Okay and now for some early slot talk. With 5 slots already being taken up and Classique Legend essentially being tied to a slot already, that leaves 6 potential slots.

Aquis have three potential selections in Maotoi, Bruckner and Best of Bordeaux but at this stage, I would say them off-loading their slot and selecting another horse would be more likely, unless any of those three jump off the page.

Coolmore had talk around Golden Pal coming down but I cannot see that happening. If it does, he will add some serious speed. Coolmore probably select another horse however. Personally, I would buy into a mare like Entriviere or Levante.

Godolphin have the local hope in Paulele who I imagine will be their likely selection but I would actually send him to the Manikato and instead, bring down Creative Force. He is one of Europe's best sprinters and while it is unlikely that Creative Force can match our best, neither can Paulele (it seems) and a G1 win will look good for his stud career. Naval Crown could be another overseas horse but he seems more unlikely.

Inglis have historically selected horses that have came from their sales. I do not have a list of all their horses but I do know In The Congo and September Run were both Inglis purchases and they would seem to be the two most likely picks. Personally, I would go In The Congo as the 3yo form from last year was reasonably strong.

Harron and GPI Racing probably select the best available horse. While Harron does have some handy 3yo colts in Cannonball and Crosswinds but I cannot see any of them measuring up at this level.

There is edition 1 of the 2022 Everest Power Rankings. I left out horses such as Levante, Rothfire, Artorius and Coolangatta as they seem to be heading elsewhere however, all would have claims to the top 10. Edition 2 will come out after the Concorde Stakes.

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