Kangaroo Island members of the syndicate that owns racehorse Gytrash were delighted when their horse came third in The Everest race on October 17.
The Everest is an Australian Turf Club Weight for Age Thoroughbred horse race run over 1200 metres at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.
It is considered to be the world's richest horse race on turf and the third place for Gytrash, pronounced Gee-tra, netted the syndicate a cool $1.3 million.
The syndicate has about 50 members and its KI members include Konrad Heaney and Kass Brown, Neil Manoel, Brendon and Heather McMahon, Simon and Sue Lovering, Chris Jones, Craig Warnest and Damian Ward.
The KI connection is that Gytrash's trainer Gordon Richards at Morphettville is married to KI local Jacqui Heaney.
The syndicate was able to travel to Sydney thanks to COVID-19 travel restrictions being eased and stayed at the William Inglis Hotel at Warwick Farm.
Thoroughbred auctioneers William Inglis and Sons paid for Gytrash to run in The Everest, as they initially handled his sale.
Most of the KI syndicate members travelled over to NSW for the race.
Member Chris Jones said it was fantastic trip and the race was very exciting with Gytrash coming from the back to finish third.
He thanks all the KI locals who've followed the horse's progress for their fantastic support.
He also thanked Inglis for back Gytrash into the slot at The Everest, as well as the team at GV Richards for doing such a good training the five-year-old gelding.
He also thanked Clare Cunningham Racing where Gytrash is stabled and trained during his time in NSW, as well as jockey Jason Collett, who not only rode him in the race but also did his trackwork.
Gytrash is now set to run in the Yes, Yes, Yes race at Rosehill Gardens on October 31.
Previous to the Everest, he had won his owners about $1.3 million and now had doubled his earnings.
KI syndicate members meanwhile caught up at the 2020 SeaLink Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival, where they celebrated Gytrash's win in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lighting Stakes at Flemington.