Ma­roon spirit is off and rac­ing

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - DAVID RICCIO

WE’VE beaten and em­bar­rassed our sport­ing ri­vals from NSW at every­thing else – so why not the world’s rich­est horse race?

That’s the bold plan for Gold Coast trained filly Houtzen (pic­tured), who will race with the sup­port of an en­tire state in The TAB Ever­est (1200m) at Royal Rand­wick on Satur­day.

Houtzen is cur­rently $26 with the TAB and is the only Queens­land horse in the mega-race worth a stag­ger­ing $10 mil­lion.

Spurred on by the fa­mous Queens­land fight­ing spirit, trainer Toby Ed­monds has rub­bished any sug­ges­tion that he and Houtzen’s con­nec­tions are merely in the race to make up the num­bers.

“We’re the only Queens­land horse and there’s four from Vic­to­ria and the rest are from New South Wales – so it’s a bit like State of Ori­gin,’’ Ed­monds said.

“We’re the un­der­dog and hope­fully that Queens­landd spirit comes out on Ever­est day and she (Houtzen) per­forms to her best.

“I’m ac­tu­ally a New South Wales sup­porter, but I’m a Queens­lan­der next Satur­day.”

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