The Everest Day is one of Australia’s newest race days but has already become one synonymous with great stories and amazing moments.
One of those this year was the victory of tough bush sprinter FRONT PAGE in the AUD$2 million The Kosciuszko, with the speedster making it consecutive victories in the 1200m contest restricted to horses trained in regional areas.
Sent off as second favourite by World Pool punters, Front Page – having his first start for Goulburn trainer Matthew Dale after the retirement of previous handler and part-owner Geoff Duryea – was taken to the front by Tyler Schiller and sustained his speed throughout to score by a length and three-quarters over favourite Opal Ridge.
“Raj has been with me for a number of years,” Dale said. “He's a very loyal employee, he works very hard and he knows our stable inside out. He straps nearly all of our good horses so he's a very deserved winner.
“He's rapt, he's over the moon, this will go towards helping him pay off his mortgage on a house he’s just bought. From him and from us at the stable, thank you to World Pool and to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for this great initiative.”
Kumar is now in the running to win a trip to Hong Kong next year should his victory be selected as the World Pool Moment of the Year.
The next Moment of the Day will be selected at Ascot on Saturday 21st October as the Flat season comes to a close in the UK with British Champions Day.
Matthew Dale received the World Pool Moment of the Day cheque at Randwick on behalf of Raj Kumar, strapper of FRONT PAGE.