Houtzen set for McEwen

The Sportsman Midweek - - Latest Trackwork Times - By MARK OBERHARDT

GOLD Coast trainer Toby Ed­monds is head­ing to Mel­bourne to su­per­vise the fi­nal stages of star filly Houtzen’s first-up run in Satur­day’s Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m).

Not raced since fail­ing in the Golden Slip­per, the Magic Mil­lions win­ner has had a trial which she won eas­ily in good time and headed to Mel­bourne last Thurs­day.

Ed­monds said Houtzen was near where he wanted her in the build-up to The Ever­est at Rand­wick on Oc­to­ber 14.

“I will work her at Moonee Val­ley to­day.

“It is im­por­tant for her to get a look at the track be­fore the McEwen.

“Over years a few horses hav­ing their first go at The Val­ley haven’t han­dled it,” Ed­monds said.

“I think she will give them some­thing to chase and with the light weight she will be hard to run down,” Ed­monds said.

Houtzen is guar­an­teed a spot in the $10 mil­lion Ever­est at Rand­wick where she will run for slot-holder Aquis Farm.

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