They may thrive on the underdog status in the rugby league version of the battle, but Queensland will open as market favourites to take out the inaugural Origin Jockey Series which kicks off this Saturday at Doomben.
The home turf advantage will give Queensland the edge, according to bookmaker UBET, who have installed the 'Maroons' as the $3.50 favourites to take out the four week, eight race series.
Queensland's hometown hero Jim Byrne, who has ridden more winners at Doomben than any other track in Australia, threw down the gauntlet to the interstate invaders.
"I know every blade of grass of this track, so I'll be defending my home turf against these imposters,'' said Byrne.
"We have the hometown advantage and it's been proven over many years that we have the best riders in Australia with the likes of Chris Munce and Glen Boss.
"I'm very, very privileged to represent my state and I can't wait for this series to get underway."
UBET Head of Product Gerard Daffy said he expected punters to rally behind their home state heroes.
"Mention the word Maroon in any sport and punters go into a frenzy," Daffy said.
"They might not like the fact that they're favourite but have a look at the lifetime record of these two guys -- they've won everything except win an origin series and I reckon they will," he said. UBET COO Barrie Fletton said the concept, a joint initiative with Racing Queensland, was helping build profile for the product and its participants.
"We're thrilled to be getting behind the initiative and building on our already significant backing of racing in Queensland," Mr Fletton said.
"Outside of racing, State of Origin is the single biggest betting event on the calendar, so this is taking a tried and true concept from the sports world and adapting it for racing. It adds a new dimension for the existing punters and a novel way to help drive interest and incremental sales from new audiences.
"The support from the jockeys has been fantastic and they are genuinely getting fired up.
"More broadly, we also like the idea of helping build the profile of the heroes of the sport. Racing relies very heavily on a few household names to carry the torch when appealing to the masses, so this is a small step to help boost the profile of the participating jockeys."