Corey Brown hasn't even got up to full speed on Everest favourite She Will Reign, but he is already excited.
She Will Reign's trainer, Gary Portelli, is taking the hype of being top pick for the $10 million race in his stride, but said it was hard not to be caught up in Brown's enthusiasm after he worked the filly on Saturday.
"He came back with a big smile on his face and said 'I can't wait to gallop her on Tuesday'," Portelli said. "And added he can't wait for next Saturday [The Everest], which was good to hear.
"He got off her and told the same thing to the foreman at the stables. He was excited. He just said if she feels that good going slow then he can't wait to go fast."
Brown picked up the ride on She Will Reign after her final-stride Moir Stakes win at Moonee Valley because Kerrin McEvoy was already committed to Redzel in The Everest.
He has ridden the Golden Slipper winner at Warwick Farm every day since being booked last Sunday.
She Will Reign went a bit quicker than Portelli had wanted in the gallop on Saturday, but to the eye she was cruising, despite working over 1000 metres in one minute 9.5 seconds.
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"You watch her work and she is doing it that easy and then you look at the clock and go, really?" Portelli said. "She is pretty special, we know that, but she still surprises us.
"We were actually just doing a bit of three-quarter [pace] and thought she would go around 1.15, but she did that work on her ear."
She Will Reign has put on eight kilograms since her Moir Stakes win and Portelli is not feeling any pressure.
"You don't dream about an Everest because it never existed, so it is a different feeling," Portelli said. "I'm pretty relaxed about the whole thing because she has already won the race I dreamed of in the Golden Slipper and then proved herself again in Moir.
"She has nothing left to prove in my mind and we get to run for $10 million."
Everest contenders worked throughout the country with Toby Edmonds flying to Melbourne to watch Houtzen at Caulfield.
"She has just improved off that win [the Scarborough Stakes] and she flew this morning," Edmonds said. "Very happy with that before going to Sydney."
Kris Lees was happy with the way Clearly Innocent, who ran third in the Premiere Stakes, worked at Newcastle.
'He has really come on from that run," Lees said. "He looks a lot freer in his action and we are just trying to keep him fresh.
"His coat is coming through and he is just getting better all the time."