Houtzen Getting Set to Return from Long Blow

Never do business or start a business with relatives is valid advice for the most part, but what if you do not have a choice?

Thoroughbred gallopers are not given a voice in which races they will run, so there are occasions when relatives line up against each other, much as is often the case in human families.

Remember Houtzen?

She is the product of sire I Am Invincible and dam Set To Unleash that won the Magic Millions 2YO Classic in January of 2017. Her last significant win was the Group 3 Champagne Stakes in September of 2017. In her past two outings, she finished seventh in The Everest and ninth in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes in November.

In the Coolmore, her half-sisterInvincible Star, the product of the same sire from Romany Flyer, ran second, nearly running down Merchant Navy. Invincible Star was beaten by Houtzen when the two went head-to-head in the Champagne Stakes.

At least the two thoroughbreds do not have the same trainer. Invincible Star is managed by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, while Toby Edmonds handles the preparations for Houtzen.

Houtzen has been seemingly spelling forever, but Edmonds now has her back on course and he seems to be quite pleased with the way the three-year-old bay filly has developed since the Coolmore.

“She has certainly developed in the break, she’s a big strong mare now – she looks good,” Edmonds said.

Edmonds currently plans to try Houtzen in the Xirrus Fireball Stakes, a Listed Quality race at Randwick in preparation for a try in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes at Adelaide’s Morphettville on May 5.

“The Sangster is the main target if she is going well enough and she isn’t we might come back and head towards the winter,” Edmonds said.

Houtzen is on the second line of the betting for the 1200 metre Sangster Stakes, with a quote of $10.

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