It is fair to say Houtzen is happy to be home, scorching them in her first race back on Queensland soil.
The Toby Edmonds trained Queensland Mare had been plying her trade against Victoria’s best, but was brought back to head towards the $1 million dollar Magic Millions Sprint.
The mare justified her short quote jumping first in the Listed IPG Marketing Solutions Handicap at Doomben on Saturday, dictating terms throughout under hoop Jeff Lloyd to break a track and class record in 58.83 seconds.
A rapt Edmonds said the record didn’t surprise him once he saw Houtzen jump and now had his sights firmly set on Magic Millions weekend.
“It honestly doesn’t surprise me she broke the track and class record (58.83s), I knew if Jeff could bounce out of the gates with her she’d run time,” Edmonds said.
“She’ll go straight to the Magic Millions Sprint now, she tends to take a little bit of time to recover in between runs so we’ll send her to the farm for a week and then get her back in work.”
Edmonds said he trusted Lloyd to ride the mare how he saw fit, though there was an emphasis to be in the first half.
“I didn’t give Jeff any firm instructions other than to come out with them, because she can be a bit tardy at the start on occasion,” he said.
“It was unexpected to see her lead though, I thought Tarzan would probably get to the front and we could box seat behind him, but she left that well I was more than happy to see her take it up.”
A smiling Jeff Lloyd was thrilled to be back on the exciting mare and hinted it was the horse’s ability and not astute riding that scored the win.
“I should give my pay slip to charity, she’s special,” Lloyd chuckled.
“At the 400m I thought she was going too fast, but she just kept picking up pace.”
“She’s a better horse than her last preparation, she’s much stronger and will be one to be reckoned with down the track.”