Everest contender Eduardo wins The Shorts

Eduardo (outside, white cap) overcomes Nature Strip in The Shorts G2, also won by Redzel and Classique Legend before their Everest triumphs in 2017 & 2020. (PHOTO: Martin King/Sportpix)

Trainer Joe Pride insisted that Eduardo had returned better than ever. 

Jockey Nash Rawiller’s confidence in the dual Group 1 winner wasn’t shaken by the prospect of taking on current world champion sprinter Nature Strip.

John Messara was happy to negotiate with the 8YO gelding’s owners and secure him to a represent slot-holders The Star and Arrowfield in the $15 million The Everest on 16 October. 

And then Eduardo had his say, opening his Everest campaign with a thrilling defeat of Nature Strip in the $500,000 The Shorts 1100m G2.

Nash Rawiller was full of praise for Eduardo and his trainer. “The horse was magnificent over the last 100 metres…he was very strong late.

“It was just a great effort by Joe to get him here today to pull out a run like that with four weeks in mind.”

Bred and part-owned by Jane Kaufmann, Eduardo is by Hussonet’s US Group 1-winning son Host from Blushing, an unraced daughter of Fantastic Light descended from the classy mid-1980s filly Avon Angel. 

Eduardo’s 22-start, $2.8 million career began with a debut win as a winter 4YO at Moe.

Less than two years later he beat Nature Strip for the first time, in the Challenge S. G2, and became a Group 1 winner in The Galaxy & the Doomben 10,000. 

Now he’s among the favourites for the world’s richest race on turf.  

Bring. It. On!

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