Doomben 10,000 Shaping Up as Keen Interstate Battle
Houtzen is a confirmed starter for the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1200 m. weight-for-age) on May 12 at Doomben racecourse in Brisbane.
The race is the start of the big races during the month of May in Queensland. Scattered throughout the month are the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000 m. weight-for-age), the Group 1 BTC Cup (1300 m. weight-for-age), and the Queensland Oaks (2200 m. for three-year-old fillies, set weight). There will be numerous Group 2 and Group 3 races as well, so Queensland is the place to be for quality racing in May, so long as you remember to head for Doomben and do not accidentally show up at Eagle Farm.
Redzel won the Doomben 10,000 in 2017. Houtzen and he met up in The Everest in 2017 and Houtzen did okay, finishing seventh a little over three lengths back.
Since winning the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic in 2017, Houtzen has three more wins nine tries, including the Group 3 Champagne Stakes at Moonee Valley and the Group 3 P J Bell at Randwick at the beginning of April 2018.
Redzel is expected to be back for the Doomben 10,000 in 2018, along with Impending and in her time as the representatives from NSW. The state of Victoria will be sending Jungle Edge and Supido.
Some famous names from Australian thoroughbred racing history have their names listed as Doomben 10,000 winners, including Bernborough, Baguette, Manikato, Takeover Target and two-time winner Apache Cat. There have been no three-time winners of the race, but beginning with Black Onyx in 1969, Prince Trialia in 1990 – 91, Falvelon, 2001 – 2002, along with the aforementioned Apache Cat, have two consecutive wins in the sprint.
Houtzen’s connections had nominated her for the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes, but it was decided to keep her in Queensland.
According to Trent Edmonds, son of Houtzen trainer Toby Edmonds, “She has pleased us since getting back from Sydney. Dad has decided it is the ideal race for her as it is 1200 metres around Doomben at weight for age. She will make it interesting,” the younger Edmonds said.