White won­der Ut­zon to de­but

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT RACING - MICHAEL MAN­LEY

DAVID Eus­tace thought some­one was tak­ing the mickey out of him when he was told a white horse was join­ing his sta­ble.

The English­man, who hails from a rac­ing back­ground, said he’d never heard of such a thing in his home coun­try, nor while he had been in Aus­tralia.

“I gen­uinely didn’t think they ex­isted,” he said.

Now Eus­tace in his part­ner­ship with Ciaron Ma­her trains not just one but two ex­tremely rare white horses.

The first is the younger of the pair which is two-year-old filly Ut­zon, mak­ing her de­but in the open­ing race at Caulfield to­day in the Inglis Debu­tant Stakes (1000m) and is $5.50 equal favourite with the TAB.

The other horse is Ut­zon’s older half-brother three-yearold Grand Bernini who is in work at Ma­her’s Pak­en­ham sta­bles.

The pair are out of the white mare The Opera House, a three-quar­ter sis­ter to Might And Power.

Ut­zon won a trial at Cran­bourne on Mon­day and Ma­her said she had done ev­ery­thing right to send her to the races.

“She came through her jump-out in good style and then her trial now it’s off to the races. She’s got a tough draw but she’s a sharp filly,” he said.

The train­ing part­ners said train­ing a white horse had its chal­lenges.

“You’ve got to put zinc on her lips all the time,” Eus­tace said.

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