Renowned for being extremely confident before a race, Waterhouse was her usual self on Wednesday when she told a large media pack at her Randwick stables why English was the horse to beat in the inaugural running of The Everest on Saturday.
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“I think she will win and I will tell you why I think she will win,” 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 feels the wide draw is an advantage.
“Barrier 12 couldn’t be better I’m telling you because she will be out there and she will be able to make her own luck and that’s what you want in these races because there will be a stack of speed inside her,” the trainer said.
Co-trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott couldn’t be happier with the Everest contender English. Picture: Brett CostelloSource:News Corp Australia
English is rated a $10 sixth pick in the Everest with TAB but Waterhouse feels she is peaking at the right time. She put the writing on the wall with a slashing second in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) a fortnight ago and Waterhouse said she has continued to thrive since then.
“She has come right at the right time and she has put on the body weight you want going into a major event,” she said. “You see her skin the way it gleans and the muscle tone on her and she would knock you over.”
Co-trainer Adrian Bott shares the same enthusiasm and feels English is primed to run a huge race on Saturday.
“She certainly is from what we saw last start and her work on Monday morning and what we saw at the stables this morning,” he said. “She is exactly where she needs to be and we have been confident in her preparation all the way through and we are really looking forward to Saturday.’’
The Everest concept has taken Sydney racing by storm and has meant the Harbour City is now well and truly part of Australian spring racing.
Melbourne has dominated this period for many years but Everest Day is now on the cusp of overshadowing Caulfield Guineas Day in Melbourne this Saturday.
Waterhouse is a big supporter of the Everest concept and insists it will only grow.
“It is quite unbelievable,” she said. “It started in America and Peter V’landys (Racing NSW CEO) grabbed hold of the concept with two hands and has made it work and I’m sure it will continue.”