RAC­ING English eyes Ever­est

Townsville Bulletin - - RACING - RAY THOMAS

GAI Water­house’s great mare English has se­cured a start in the $ 10 mil­lion The Ever­est.

Tab­corp has de­cided to make an early call on their Ever­est slot and last night se­lected English as its run­ner.

English be­comes the fifth con­firmed starter in The Ever­est af­ter Chau­tauqua, She Will Reign, Swoop.

Water­house, who trains in part­ner­ship with Adrian Bott, said English was be­ing pre­pared specif­i­cally for the The Ever­est ( 1200m) at Royal Rand­wick on Oc­to­ber 14.

“She is a big, strong mare and her record at Rand­wick is out­stand­ing,’’ Water­house said.

English, a Group 1 win­ner of Houtzen and Fell the All Aged Stakes ( 1400m) at Rand­wick, also has an ex­cel­lent record over sprints with dual wins in the Group 2 Chal­lenge Stakes and plac­ings in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes be­hind Chau­tauqua over the Ever­est course and dis­tance.

Craig Nu­gent, Tab­corp’s chief op­er­a­tion of­fi­cer of wa­ger­ing and me­dia, said the de­ci­sion to go with English even though there is more than three months to The Ever­est is part of the in­trigue of the race.

“We are in un­charted wa­ters here,’’ Nu­gent said.

“This is the in­trigue of the race be­cause there is no ex­act way to go about it.’’

Nu­gent felt English, who is raced by the Kelly fam­ily of Ne­whaven Park Stud, is the “per­fect fit” for the TAB.

GREAT EX­PEC­TA­TIONS: Gai Water­house, Jaimee Rogers from TAB and trainer Adrian Bott with English at Rand­wick.

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