Ciaron Maher’s Snapdancer put in a “really great performance for the team” for Everest.

Melbourne’s head trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace will have their first ever runner on Everest next month in posh mare Snapdancer, the latest sprinter to be fielded in the world’s richest grass race.

Snapdancer, an impressive winner of the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400 million) in Caulfield last month, will bag the $15 million dash for cash (1200 million) at Royal Randwick in Inglis’ slot.

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“We are very grateful to the Inglis team for choosing Snapdancer as their Everest runner,” said Maher.

“For years we’ve sat back and watched the phenomenon of The Everest, so having Snapdancer as our first runner is a really great achievement for the team.”

Ethan Brown with Ciaron Maher after winning the Memsie Stakes with Snapdancer. Recognition: Reg Ryan/Race photos via Getty Images

Assistant coach Eustace added: “She’s in the best shape of her career, she’ll be absolutely ready by mid-October.”

Choisir’s six-year-old daughter joins reigning champions Nature Strip (Chris Waller Racing), Masked Crusader (Max Whitby & Neil Werrett), Lost And Running (TAB), Mazu (The Star & Arrowfield) and Eduardo (Yulong Investments) as confirmed starters for the October 15 race.

The owner of the 2020 winner, Classique Legend, Bon Ho has yet to confirm if the gray gelding will be in his place in the race.

Snapdancer’s connections include celebrity owner Brae Sokolski, who has been involved with a number of high-profile gallops including Melbourne Cup winner Verry Elleegant.

“Win, lose or draw, it’s going to be an insane journey,” said Sokolski.

A host of Everest contenders – led by Nature Strip – will compete in The Shorts (1100m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Ciaron Maher’s Snapdancer put in a “really great performance for the team” for Everest.

James Brien

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