Maroon spirit is off and racing
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.”