Houtzen arrives in Sydney in 'great order'

Oct 12, 2017

Houtzen has arrived well and in 'great order' in Sydney ahead of Saturday's The Everest, having travelled from Caulfield on Wednesday evening. Her Gold Coast-based trainer, Toby Edmonds, has done his fair share of travelling too, making the trip to Bendigo on Wednesday to saddle a winner, Eptimum, before zipping back to Sydney to welcome his star filly off the float on Thursday morning.

Along with a perfect barrier draw for the filly who will run for Aquis Farm, Edmonds thinks there is enough in her favour to be there 'for a long way' in the $10 million race that has captivated Sydney.

"She has arrived in great order," Edmonds told Racing.com on Thursday.

"She got off the truck and ate most of her feed and had a trot and canter.

"She's bouncing off the walls at the moment and she is really good, her work was super at Caulfield on Tuesday working the Sydney way and we're really happy with where she's at."

Houtzen was a dominant winner of the Group 3 Champagne Stakes (1200m) in fillies' grade at Moonee Valley last start and subsequently had a quiet week before doing her main piece of work last Saturday.

The Everest under weight-for-age conditions see the three-year-old drop five kilograms to 51kg and looking back to the barrier draw on Tuesday, Edmonds said connections breathed a sigh of relief when gate 1 was selected for the speedy daughter of I Am Invincible.

"We've drawn awkward for most of our life except for the other day at The Valley and she was able to control that race," Edmonds explained.

"It's good to get that barrier in The Everest, it's very important to get the fence for a young horse like that against the older horses.

"We probably could [lead them up] but I'll leave that to Jeff Lloyd, we've spoken about a number of options and he's got a few ideas and I'm probably best leaving it to him.

"Her weight relief is probably the only chance she's got really, she carries 51 kilograms and the older horses are carrying eight more basically so she gets her chance.

"It is very hard to be confident in a race like this but we're there and we've drawn a good barrier and we'll be in the race for a long way."