Houtzen: Queensland's Best Chance for the Golden Slipper!
Written on the 3 March 2017
With Houtzen already winning a hat trick over this season, the I Am Invincible sired 2yo filly is the best Queensland-purchased chance for the Golden Slipper, being held at Rosehill, March 18th.
The Golden Slipper Stakes is an Australian Turf Club Group 1 thoroughbred horse race for two-year-olds run over 1200 metres on turf at set weights conditions, held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney. It is the premer two-year-old race in Australia and is the world's richest race for two year old thoroughbreds with prizemoney of $3.5 million.
Toby Edmonds trained Houtzen will most likely be qualifying at the Winning Edge Presentations QTIS Two-Years-Old Handicap this Saturday at Eagle Farm with weight of 63kg. She's the favourite at $1.45.
A few days ago Toby Edmonds was weighing up whether to race Houtzen in this lead-up race to the $3.5 million Golden Slipper, given the 63kg weight. Edmonds was surprised by this weight, expecting to get 61kg or 62kg.
Edmonds had also entered her for the Reisling Stakes at Rosehill and the Black Opal Stakes in Canberra on Sunday. Withdrawal has already been made for the Reisling Stakes but the option is there for the Black Opal Stakes should Brisbane experience heavy rain this weekend.
"I will have to have a good think and decide on whether to run her in Brisbane, Edmonds said.
"I suppose I could claim but we will have to have a good think and discussion with the owners."
"My preference was for Brisbane but that also depended on the weather. They are predicting heavy rain but it hasn't arrived as yet and hopefully it will stay away."
"She needs to run this weekend and that is why we have given ourselves the three options," he had said.
Houtzen will have to set a modern day weight carrying record if she is to win in Brisbane on Saturday.
Houtzen is the $7.50 second favourite behind She Will Reign to win the Golden Slipper.
(Photo: Houtzen impressed in a gallop between races at Doomben last Saturday. Photo Credit: Grant Peters)