“The racing industry should have a statue for V’landys. Trainer Anthony Cummings has Libertini in peak condition for The Everest. He never went back for the second treatment.’’. Picture: Chris Pavlich, “Gerry is the brother I never had,’’ Singleton said. “They were nice people but got nothing done. They are polar opposites yet uncannily alike all at once. Copyright © Racing Internet Services Pty Ltd. 2018 Think! Libertini!! Picture: Getty Images Article Author. Harvey, 81, first experienced the sport’s “accepted wisdom” when he sat on the board of the old Sydney Turf Club back in the 1970s. History will be made as twelve of the fastest horses compete for $15 million in prize money. You need to have people with promotional and business ability.’’. The maestro Les Bridge saysClassique Legend’s world-class The Everest triumph was born out of the disappointment of defeat. “They thought something was wrong with her last year but no one could tell me what was wrong. The days when Singleton and Harvey frequented Sydney Saturday race meetings are over but both men will be trackside for The Everest on Saturday. RELATED: The list of top money winners in every current PGA Tour event is more bizarre than you’d think T-24: Tom Hoge, -15, $61,950 T-24: Patton Kizzire, -15, $61,950 The 1200m sprint is the centrepiece of a new-look spring racing […] Two of Sydney’s most famous and recognisable identities have remained the best of mates through decades of change, their counsel sought by Prime Ministers and Premiers, captains of industry and sporting administrators. This is a race that baulks at the accepted wisdom in racing and is probably the reason it works so well. Singleton, 78, wasn’t a fan of The Everest when it was first introduced in 2017 – but he blames himself. “When Libertini won like she did, I didn’t expect that,’’ Harvey said. But for all their wealth and fame, Singleton and Harvey still share a lifelong obsession for racetrack success which could reach its zenith if their mare Libertini can win the $15 million The TAB Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Lew Hoad got the gold, Johnny Raper the silver and Gerry and I had this massive battle for bronze. Leave before you lose it. Gamble responsibly. A nervous seven-week wait for the outcome of a $60 multi bet was well worth it for one TAB punter, who had 280,000 reasons to cheer Verry Elleegant home in the Caulfield Cup. Brett Cavanough knew It’s Me would win the $1.3 million Kosciuszko with even luck in running and a faultless week heading into the race but neither happened. “All the talk was her coat hasn’t come through yet, they were saying she has improvement. The race boasts a total prize pool of $14,000,000 and is at weight for age conditions for all horses who must pay a $600,000 entry fee to race. But Singleton is a convert now, describing The Everest as a “great concept” and admitted as much before Libertini’s booming return in the Premiere Stakes. “Everyone else says it should be done this way but these people like V’landys are always questioning the accepted wisdom and wondering if it is right. “Gerry was chain smoking, as I was, and as we got talking, he was looking for somewhere to stub out his cigarette. Libertini showed her potential for The Everest by upstaging top chances Classique Legend and Nature Strip in the Premiere Stakes. THE EVENT Sydney’s Royal Randwick hosts the world’s richest race on turf on Saturday, 17 October 2020. About your choices. Think! Gun grey Classique Legend is favoured to follow in the footsteps of Redzel and defend his The Everest crown next year. “When you meet people that change the world, they don’t believe in accepted wisdom. About your choices. “He was the opposite of what he pretends to be now – so who is the true Gerry Harvey? The world’s richest turf race and Libertini have given Singleton and Harvey reason to pause and reflect on their lifelong friendship when interviewed by The Daily Telegraph this week. Singleton remembers meeting Harvey for the first time all those years ago when they discussed doing business together. Gerry will hate me for telling you this but he was one of the first in Australia to get a hair transplant. 2020 Everest finishing order, prize money and starting price: 1st ($6.2m): Classique Legend - $4.20. “But who do you think got the most girls? “I can spend a day in meetings and nothing will happen, I guarantee you,’’ Harvey said. Next stop #TABEverest glory? “Very rarely do they give horses such a long break unless they are injured but I didn’t have an injured horse. “It’s what mates do,’’ Harvey said. “The three biggest gamblers in Sydney back then were Gerry, Kerry Packer and me.’’. If she can run similar time on Saturday, then the mare is the horse to beat in The Everest. He got the conversation back on track revealing it was him who convinced Singleton to invest in the thoroughbred industry all those years ago. He has done more for racing than probably anyone in our lifetime.’’. For the 2019 edition of The Everest the prize money was boosted to $14 million and another prize money increase in 2020 sees the event offer an unprecedented $15 million in stakes! 0 Comments. “I did something I don’t think anyone else would have done with Libertini,’’ Harvey said. Libertini surged into The Everest frame with a stunning first-up win in the Premiere Stakes. Which brings us back to The Everest at Royal Randwick on Saturday. “We need to thank V’landys for keeping rugby league going, we have to thank him for keeping racing going and thank him for The Everest,’’ Singleton said. John Singleton and Gerry Harvey have been friends for almost 60 years. I get the same thrill and excitement when Gerry wins a race whether I’m in the horse or not.’’.
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