Lost And Running heads for Everest tail in the air after a thrilling win in the Premiere Stakes

Everest contenders Lost And Running, Mazu and Masked Crusader could hardly be separated in a thrilling Group 2 (1200m) Premiere Stakes final in Randwick on Saturday.

Lost And Running — the second pick for $15 million Everest in two weeks — gained a head with a short neck as Mazu’s $2.25 favorite ($3.20), Masked Crusader ($13). further back in third place.

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Jockey Hugh Bowman finished fifth in midfield on Lost And Running before peeling into the middle of the track and finishing too strong for his rivals on a difficult track.

Trainer John O’Shea is confident the six-year-old gelding is on track to improve on his fourth-place finish at Everest last year.

Lost And Running’s Hugh Bowman returns after winning the Premiere Stakes at Royal Randwick. Recognition: Markus Evans/Getty Images

“He’s going to benefit so much from that,” O’Shea said.

“He was probably empty with 100m to go but he got the job done and we can go to the big race in a couple of weeks tails up and hopefully get another win.”

Bowman is also convinced that the horse is doing better than last year.

“He’s really on track and he has the benefit of going through the series last year and improving in every race and finally finishing fourth in the main event,” he said.

“But this year things are going much better for him and he is a more mature person. He is definitely on the right track.”

Third place for last year’s Everest runner-up Masked Crusader was arguably the run of the race as the gelding raced home down the rails to almost claim victory.

“He ran very well,” said jockey Willie Pike.

“A bit of luck next time and we’ll look good.”

The other Everest runner in the field – Bjorn Baker’s Overpass – finished sixth just over two lengths away, with jockey Rachel King describing the four-year-old as “super brave in defeat”.

“Really happy with his run. He doesn’t handle these heavy tracks that well,” King said.

Terrible moment Jockey is thrown off his horse mid-race

Terrible moment Jockey is thrown off his horse mid-race

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James Brien

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