“I don’t think I have ever been in a party like that before, those owners were so excited. It was a different feeling as the slot-holder but we enjoyed it.
“Everyone wants to win the Melbourne Cup as owner and a couple of months later we did. It’s traditional, the Everest is new.
"It might not be at the same level as the Cup but it is certainly already in the Grand Slam.”
The Harron syndicate, which had won a Golden Slipper with Capitalist, quickly signed on for an Everest slot, but Ingham had a second offer for a share in a slot from Chris Waller.
“We as a family race a lot of horses with him and Chris liked the Everest concept as well,” Ingham recalled. “Before I signed on with him, I had to declare a conflict of interest being a part of James’ slot.