How Doutzen became Houtzen

Jan 15, 2017

It’s a well-known fact that star two-year-old Houtzen was supposed to be called Doutzen.

What people may not be familiar with, however, is the story behind the mix-up.

Like most horses with multiple owners, each shareholder in the daughter of I Am Invincible got to put forward their preferred name.

These were put into a hat, with trainer Toby Edmonds drawing the winner.

The Gold Coast handler performed his duty, and after completing the necessary paperwork, the filly was officially named Houtzen, much to Edmonds’ son Trent’s disbelief.

“My sister (Jordan), who is an owner, she was too busy at work, so she asked if I could come up with a name of her behalf,” Trent Edmonds said.

“I did a Google search – the horse is a good-looking female horse and I came up with Doutzen Kroes.

Doutzen Kroes is a stonkingly beautiful model and actress. The Dutchwoman became a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2008 and has represented global brands including Loreal Paris.

“I wanted her to be called Doutzen – that was my pick – and when he picked the name out of the hat, that’s what happened,” Trent said.

“However, and this was after he had named the horse, auto-correct on the phone changed the name to Houtzen. I typed it as Doutzen but it came up Houtzen.

“Houtzen means absolutely nothing, but she was intended to be named after a supermodel.

“She’s (Doutzen Kroes) worth a fortune and is a very good looking woman, so I thought that was pretty creative.

“It was a stuff-up, but it’s proven to be a blessing.”

Trent explained that once he had become aware the filly had been incorrectly named Houtzen, he asked his dad to try and have it amended.

“It wasn’t until after he had named the horse and put the papers in that I realised that there was a stuff-up,” said Trent.

“I tried to get him to change it, but he said, ‘It’s bad luck, we won’t change, we’ll keep it. If she’s any good it won’t matter what she’s called’.”

The mix-up was quickly forgotten when Houtzen bolted in on debut at Doomben on Christmas Eve.

The $105,000 Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling purchase then destroyed her rivals on her home track to ensure a start in Saturday’s $2 million race, before rocketing into Golden Slipper favouritism with a super all-the-way win in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

Houtzen may be going around with the wrong name, but she could care less. Like her (proper) namesake, she too has stacks of cash in the bank ($1.285 million) and is worth plenty.

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