Everest win would be peak prize for Gai

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She’s done it all — but now there’s one more mountain to climb.

Waterhouse’s horse English is among the 12 that will race on Saturday to become the inaugural winner of the $10 million The Everest at Randwick.

Trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott with English ahead of The Everest. Picture: Brett Costello

Trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott with English ahead of The Everest. Picture: Brett CostelloSource:News Corp Australia

Renowned for being extremely confident before a race, Waterhouse was her usual self yesterday when she told a big media pack that English would win.

“I think she will win and I will tell you why,” she said. “She is feisty, she is tough and she has rolled up her sleeves for the day and we’ve got her ready.”

English drew the outside barrier in the 12-horse field on Tuesday but Waterhouse actually feels the wide draw was a bonus.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse is happy with the barrier draw. Picture: Brett Costello

Trainer Gai Waterhouse is happy with the barrier draw. Picture: Brett CostelloSource:News Corp Australia

English is priced at $10 to win The Everest. Picture: Brett Costello

English is priced at $10 to win The Everest. Picture: Brett CostelloSource:News Corp Australia

“Barrier 12 couldn’t be better. She will be out there and she will be able to make her own luck,” Waterhouse said.

English is currently the sixth favourite in the race, with odds of about $10.

“She has come right at the right time,” Waterhouse, who won the Melbourne Cup in 2013 with Fiorente, said.

The Everest concept has taken the Australian racing world by storm, with industry figures saying it has overshadowed the Caulfield Guineas Day in Melbourne this Saturday.

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