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With any major sporting event, there is a mystic animal ready to predict the winner, and the State Of Origin is no different.
Queensland takes on New South Wales tonight in a blockbuster first game of the series at Sydney’s Accord Stadium.
Getting into the Origin spirit the Queensland Police Service looked to the services of their horse Alfie to provide the all-important tip.
Epic ‘Queenslander’ chants blared out in the background of a montage of Alfie getting strapped and ready for the prediction.
The horse proceeded to race out with two buckets of food in the distance. One labelled ‘QLD’, the other ‘NSW’, with the anticipation for his prediction palpable.
Alfie finally made the vital decision and dug into the ‘QLD’ bucket, while he was given a pat for his services.
So there you have it, if you were waiting for a sign for what way to tip or bet tonight Alfie has you covered - the Queenslanders have the guaranteed win.
The Queensland Police Service posted the video to their Facebook page, captioning the video with plenty of rugby league puns.
They said: “We have Munster’d up Alfie to predict the outcome of tonight’s Origin game.
“Safe to say there’s no room to be Kaufusi now. Bring it Holmes, boys!”
With the interstate rivalry already in full swing, the NSW Police Force decided to quip back, commenting on the post: “That’s cute.”
Alfie isn’t the first horse to attempt a prediction for the Origin - with Darwin Turf Club unleashing Road Storm to make a prediction in 2019.
Alfie will be hoping he fares better than Road Storm, however, with the horse incorrect in that case - picking Queensland on that occasion.
In 2020, Pig the dugong from Sea Life Sydney Aquarium also predicted Queensland to overcome New South Wales - and was also wrong.
While Queensland won the series, they lost game two that year, the game that Pig had predicted.
The horse will be hoping he can instead channel his inner Paul the Octopus.
The tentacled psychic famously predicted 12 out of 14 predictions at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and accurately chose Spain as the overall winner of the finals.
The Russians tried to emulate Paul with their own psychic cat, ‘Achilles’ who was given two bowls of food to predict fixtures at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The cat predicted Russia to win the World Cup in their home nation, however, was wrong by a stretch with the country knocked out in the Quarter-finals.
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