Aquis Farm still pushing forward with Houtzen for The Everest

Sep 24, 2017

Aquis Farm remains content with Houtzen’s form and will push forward with plans to race the filly in the $10 million The Everest in Sydney next month.

The Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner’s return to racing produced a third placing (pictured right) as favourite in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley a fortnight ago but that hasn’t deterred Aquis Farm who hold a slot for the The Everest and an interest in Houtzen’s ownership.

“Our plan has always been that Houtzen is our representative,” Aquis Farm CEO Shane McGrath said of the Toby Edmonds-trained three-year-old.

“Like anything in racing it’s all form-dependent but we will be more than happy to have her as our representative as long as she is pointing in the right direction which I have no doubt she is.

“Toby has given her a faultless preparation up to now she is thriving and settled well.

“We are happy with the team, happy with the job and first-up run was more than pleasing to my eye.”

McGrath said he was buoyed by Houtzen’s last performance in tough circumstances when she ran third to older horses Russian Revolution and Heatherly.

“I thought her run was more than acceptable,” McGrath said.

“I was quite happy with it. She probably didn’t make use of her weight (50kg) and probably didn’t make use of her (speed) first-up so it was a bit of a nothing ride.

“She was trapped three wide in a small field. The winner got all the easy options out front and was always going to be hard from there.

“Outside of the winner her sectionals were better than any of the other placegetters and I thought she ran through the line off a tough run.

“You’re never happy when you don’t win but I think she will go to the Moonee Valley (Moir Stakes) next Friday night, back against her own age, and you would think she will be pretty hard to beat there.”

The field for the Everest is taking shape with Deploy joining Chautauqua, Redzel, Eng­lish, Fell Swoop, She Will Reign, Houtzen and Brave Smash in the starting line-up at Randwick on October 14.

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