Houtzen chas­ing anpther pay­day on the Coast

The Sportsman Midweek - - Trackwork - MARK OBERHARDT

TOP mare Houtzen is likely to have only one run be­fore try­ing to add to her Magic Mil­lions car­ni­val record.

Houtzen won the 2017 Magic Mil­lions 2YO Clas­sic in bril­liant fash­ion be­fore go­ing on to race against some of the best sprint­ers in Aus­tralia.

She has won six races and just over $1.9 mil­lion mak­ing her one of the best per­formed mares to be pro­duced in Queens­land.

At her most re­cent start, Houtzen was an un­lucky sixth in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Val­ley on Oc­to­ber 26.

Trainer Toby Ed­monds has put the Manikato run out of his mind as he plans a rel­a­tively easy sum­mer for Houtzen.

“Per­haps things could have been dif­fer­ent in the Manikato but you can’t do much about now,” he said.

“Houtzen has been back at our farm and do­ing well so she should be right to run.”

The Gold Coast trainer plans to run Houtzen in the Listed Bri­bie Hand­i­cap (1000m) at Doomben on De­cem­ber 15.

“She can then go straight into the Magic Mil­lions Sprint over 1000m. Af­ter that we can think about the au­tumn and win­ter,” Ed­monds said.

The Gai Water­house and Adrian Bott-trained In­vin­ci­ble Star re­turned to win­ning form at Rose­hill in Syd­ney and will also be aimed at the Magic Mil­lions Sprint.

Houtzen is be­ing aimed at the Magic Mil­lions Sprint in Jan­uary.

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