Everest Slot for Menari
Tara Madgwick - Friday July 20
This time last year Snitzel colt Menari was hyped as potentially the most promising three year-old sprinter in the country, but after finishing his three year-old season without a Group I win and undergoing a wind operation he is now back on track with a slot in the $13 million The Everest confirmed.

MenariThe Gerald Ryan trained colt will run in the world's richest turf sprint for slot-holders Max Whitby and Neil Werrett and join his stable-mate Trapeze Artist, who defeated Menari at his last racetrack outing when third in the Group I ATC Golden Rose last spring.

"Neil and I really believe in Menari, we have been wanting to get this horse for the Everest for a few weeks now,'' Max Whitby told The Daily Telegraph.

"Menari's a high class colt by Snitzel, he's about to turn four years of age and we feel the best is yet to come from him.

"We have a lot of faith in his trainer, Gerald Ryan, and George Altomonte is understandably very proud of this horse and we are relieved to have secured him for our Everest slot.''

Neither Menari or Trapeze Artist are signed up for stud duties and are two of the most highly desirable stallion prospects in the land.

As a triple Group I winner, Bert Vieira's Trapeze Artist has little to prove, while Menari has it all ahead of him this season in his quest to win a Group I.

The Everest may not have Group I status yet, but a win for either colt would be a massive selling point on their resume.