Waterhouse and Bott Confident English can win The Everest

Gai Waterhouse has expressed confidence that her horse English can take the post in Saturday’s The Everest, despite drawing barrier 12.

We expect trainers to speak thusly, although unlike footy coaches and such, we do not expect to hear Waterhouse say, “English will be certain to give it 110 percent, but will remember to take the race one stride at a time.”

The five-year-old mare by Encosta De Lago from Court has made almost $2.7 million from five wins. She last won at Randwick in a Group 2 race last autumn. She has failed on at least two occasions to outrun one of her competitors in The Everest, Chautauqua, and another, Redzel, has finished ahead of her on several occasions.

English won the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400 m) at Randwick way back in April of 2016. Going into The Everest, she is the most burdened mare, with 56.5 kg, just 2 kg less than top-weight.

Ladbrokes currently has her quoted at $10, behind She Will Reign ($4.80), Vega Magic ($5), Chautauqua ($6), Redzel ($7.50) and Redkirk Warrior ($9).

Gai Waterhouse has a reputation for expressing optimism ahead of a race. “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.”

Waterhouse even said that the wide 12th barrier offered 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 in remarks published by The Daily Telegraph.

English does seem to be peaking at the right time. She ran second in the Group 2 Premier Stakes (1200 m) two weeks ago, losing to In Her Time by a short neck and beating Chautauqua and Clearly Innocent.

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