“We’ll wait and see. We have had interest in The Everest and obviously from a trainer’s and owner’s point of view The Everest has plenty to offer,” he said.
“From a stallion’s point of view and traditionalist’s point of view, the Coolmore is a race that’s very close to my heart.
“I think he’d be a great horse down the straight at Flemington as well so that’d be a nice addition to his CV if we could pull that off. I think we’ll just see how we go and get through next Friday night and then weigh up our options.”
Like an AFL recruiter, you can never have too many gun midfielders at one club and that’s how Thompson sees the acquisition of Anders, who will join the likes of Zoustar, Sebring and Trapeze Artist on Widden’s stallion roster next season.
“Whilst we do have a terrific roster, you’re always trying to add to it and horses like this very hard to find,” he said.
“If there’s ever an opportunity to pick up a really good addition, you wouldn’t miss it.
“If you look at the top 10 sires in Australia from last year, they’re all fast, colonial horses.
“If you look down the sires table, Snitzel, I Am Invincible, Not A Single Doubt himself, Sebring and Zoustar – the horses that have worked here – they’re the ones that have success in Australia and that’s what’s worked for us. We stick to what we know probably.”
Despite the fact Anders hasn’t yet won a group 1 race, Thompson said he had shown enough to suggest he’ll be a top-line stallion.
“For us, he’d certainly shown his X-factor, his brilliance,” he said.
“He has that real wow about him that good stallions have, so we’d seen enough and were happy to commit and think he’s earned his place here at Widden, and this way we get to enjoy some other racing.
“We look forward to joining with the existing owners to be involved with the racing and then manage his stud career.”
Damien Ractliffe is the Chief Racing Reporter for The Age.