Slot Holder: Damion Flower
Breeding: Encosta De Lago – Court
Trainer: Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott
Owner: Newhaven Park
Top class mare English proved she’s the forgotten star among Australia’s sprinting ranks when she claimed her second Group 1 win in the Doomben 10,000 in May and that win was a major factor in slot holder Damion Flower giving the rising six-year-old a second chance in The Everest.
English ran sixth in 2017 but the manner in which she claimed the 10,000 told Flower she can be a real contender in what he feels is shaping up to be a classy but open field.
“Looking at the other runners that have been secured I think she is way up to the mark,’’ Flower said.
“She showed in the 10,000 she can beat Redzel and In Her Time on any day.’’
English has raced at the top level since she was a two-year-old, running second in the 2015 Golden Slipper along with placings in the 2016 and 2017 TJ Smith Stakes and the 2018 The Galaxy to go with her Group 1 wins in the 2016 All Aged Stakes and this year’s Doomben 10,000.
Flower said it’s still his priority to race one of his own horses in an Everest but while he’s grooming a potential candidate for 2019 he’s more than happy to have English in his corner.
“I know she’ll be six years old but she’s had 26 starts so she’s lightly raced,’’ he said.
Co-trainer Adrian Bott said he felt English wasn’t seen at her best in the race last year due to circumstances in the run and to be beaten less than three lengths was still a good performance.
“We had a tricky draw and we probably got a little further back than we would have liked and were left with a lot to do,” he said.
“It’s exciting we get to have another opportunity with her.”