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English Thriving Ahead of Return
Gai Waterhouse says that top sprinting mare English (Encosta de Lago-Court, by Anabaa) has returned from a break bigger and better than ever ahead of her seasonal reappearance in the Gr2 The Shorts at Randwick on Saturday. A winner of the Gr1 All Aged Stakes last year, English had a mixed autumn campaign with her best performances being a win in the Gr2 Challenge Stakes and a second behind Chautauqua in the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes in Sydney. "She's really matured since we last saw her," Waterhouse told racenet. "She's grown a hand, put on weight, she's really come of age. She's really typical of her sire Encosta De Lago. His stock normally take a while to mature." Waterhouse added: "She was precocious at two, very good at three, better again at four and I honestly think she's better again now as a five-year-old." Waterhouse confirmed that English's primary spring target is the inaugural $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October. "She's been unstoppable since coming back into work this preparation and I really think she could go through the spring unbeaten," Waterhouse said.