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Omei Sword on Trial for Everest
Richly talented mare Omei Sword (High Chaparral-Irish Lights, by Fastnet Rock) will be on trial for a shot at The Everest later in the year when she resumes in tomorrow's Gr3 Show County Quality (1200m) at Royal Randwick. A winner of the Gr2 Silver Shadow Stakes and runner-up in the Gr1 Golden Rose during her 3YO season, the 4YO is being touted as a potential runner in the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October. "She's got the right credentials," trainer Chris Waller told racingnsw.com.au. "She is a very good horse but a challenging horse to train. She had a few issues in the autumn but if we can have a trouble free preparation with her, she is going to end up being a Group One winner." Waller added: "Saturday will be a good guide and obviously you'd expect her to win if The Everest was in our thoughts. She has no excuses from a weights perceptive or a barrier draw perspective so it's up to her to prove herself." A win in The Everest or at Gr1 level would make Omei Sword a highly valuable broodmare prospect. By High Chaparral out of Gr1 Thousand Guineas winner Irish Lights, she is a direct descendant of the US-bred mare Change Water, dam of Gr1 winner and outstanding producer Fall Aspen. This is the family of successful sires Bianconi, Fort Wood, Timber Country and Hamas, as well as Gr1 winners Elnadim, Mehthaaf and the great Dubai Millennium.