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Triple Group One winner Shoals is the latest horse confirmed for the $13 million Everest with the filly to run for the Star Entertainment Group.
She is the fifth sprinter to secure a place in the 12-horse field for the spring showpiece on October 13 at Randwick.
Trained by Anthony Freedman for Arrowfield Stud boss boss John Messara and Jonathan Munz, Shoals won three Group One races during her stellar three-year-old season, the Surround Stakes, Myer Classic and Robert Sangster, the latter two against older mares.
"Jonathan and I are delighted to conclude an arrangement with The Star for Shoals to run in The Everest," Messara said.
"We think she is a great chance to win the race and we're all looking forward to her return in the spring."
Shoals is one of five horses to win three or more Group One races this season. Champion Winx has won six while Shoals, Happy Clapper, Santa Ana Lane and Trapeze Artist all won three.
Trapeze Artist has already secured an Everest slot and will run for Aquis Farm.
The Star was an original slot owner for The Everest won in its inaugural running in 2017 by Redzel.
"We're excited to be fielding a runner this year in partnership with Arrowfield's John Messara," Michael Hodgson, general manager Business Development and Partnerships at The Star Entertainment Group, said.
"He's one of the most knowledgeable and esteemed racing men in the world, and in Shoals we believe we have an outstanding filly capable of claiming the event."
Multiple Group One winner Jameka's racing days might not be over, with the mare still in light work at Caulfield.
The 2016 Caulfield Cup winner has not raced since winning the Group One BMW (2400m) at Rosehill in March 2017, after which a bout of travel sickness ended plans to race her abroad later in the year.
One of her owners, Col McKenna, last month paid $2.6 million for Jameka at the National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast to buy out the other partners.
Trainer Ciaron Maher said Jameka had returned to his Caulfield stable after the sale.
"She sort of had a prep leading into the sale and she went to the sale because I thought her racing days were done," he said.
"But just that prep sort of brought her on and after the sale she remained in work, just trotting and cantering in Queensland.
"When she came back down I thought she had really come on from her time up there.
"So there's a bit of time between now and the breeding season when they go to stud, so I thought we'd just put her into work and she'll most likely go to a stallion but if she's going really well, it gives the owners an option."
Maher said he had not ruled out Jameka racing on.
"Not completely, no," he said.
"(That decision) would be made by how she does.
"She's in training now. If she keeps pleasing me, she'll hopefully get to the races.
"But only if she's showing me that she's back to her best or close to it, would we entertain that.
"The next six weeks I'll have a fairly good handle on where she's at.
"She seems in good order."