The Everest: Think About It salutes as Sydney raised jockey Sam Clipperton enjoys career highlight in epic scenes

  • Think About It won the 2023 Everest at Royal Randwick
  • Career highlight for Sydney jockey Sam Clipperton
  • Staved off late surge from I Wish I Win and Private Eye
  • 45,000 eager racing fans watched the race over 1200m 

Think About It won the $20million Everest sprint race at Royal Randwick in front of 45,000 delirious spectators on Saturday afternoon.

In a career highlight for Sydney-raised jockey Sam Clipperton, the $4.20 chance saluted ahead of I Wish I Win ($2.00) and Private Eye ($2.50).

Trainer Joseph Pride was elated given he also oversees Private Eye, which was ridden by Nash Rawiller. 

‘That was unbelievable. They [both runners] ran terrific,’ Pride said post race.

‘I was comfortable running into the race that my two would go well. ‘It’s going to be an interesting journey where we go from here.’

Think About It has won the $20million Everest sprint race at Royal Randwick in front of 45,000 spectators on Saturday afternoon (pictured, triumphant jockey Sam Clipperton)

In a career highlight for Sydney raised jockey Sam Clipperton, (pictured) the $4.20 chance saluted ahead of I Wish I Win ($2.00) and Private Eye ($2.50)

In a career highlight for Sydney raised jockey Sam Clipperton, (pictured) the $4.20 chance saluted ahead of I Wish I Win ($2.00) and Private Eye ($2.50)

Clipperton said he was blown away by the electric performance of Think About It

Clipperton said he was blown away by the electric performance of Think About It

Pride is also unlikely to have a better pay-day as a trainer.

The Everest is a buy-in race with entrants needing to fork out $700,000.

The winner receives a whopping $7million in prizemoney, with $2.9million for second and $2million for third.

Incredibly, Pride will leave the track in Sydney’s east $9million richer.

Clipperton said he was blown away by the electric performance of Think About It.

‘This stuff doesn’t happen. It just went too perfect.… I guess that’s what very good horses do,’ he said as the enormity of his ride began to sink in.

‘I’m just so privileged to be in a position of riding this horse.’

Eager race-goers (pictured) made their way to the track early on Saturday, with the first race at 12.30pm

Eager race-goers (pictured) made their way to the track early on Saturday, with the first race at 12.30pm

A daring new trend has hit the racing scene, with many women turning up in cut-out dresses as the mercury hit a warm 32C in Sydney on Saturday

A daring new trend has hit the racing scene, with many women turning up in cut-out dresses as the mercury hit a warm 32C in Sydney on Saturday

The Everest over 1200m is the highlight of the Sydney racing calendar, and glammed-up race-goers were out in force, soaking up the atmosphere.

Crowds began gathering at the gates from 10am, showing off their best fashion, with organisers saying more than 20,000 people had arrived by 1pm.

With Sydney turning on its best weather, punters embraced a day in the sun with high heels, strappy dresses and fascinators the order of the day.

Away from the track, Hot Dub Time Machine and Empire of the Sun were a hit with punters, with plenty clearly in the mood to let their hair down.