Edmonds fighting to keep emotions in tack with Houtzen

WITH Houtzen wrapping up her Golden Slipper campaign in fine style at Eagle Farm, trainer Toby Edmonds was able to bask in the glory of welcoming a granddaughter to the family at the weekend.

Edmonds’ daughter Jordan gave birth to baby daughter Savannah on Saturday afternoon.

“It’s a bit surreal at the moment,” Edmonds said.

A little less surreal is the ability of Houtzen, who pulled up in fine fettle on Saturday after her Eagle Farm blitz.

“She has recovered quite well and was fresh and bright (Sunday) morning,” Edmonds told Radio TAB’s Past The Post.

“The run wasn’t very tough. She actually didn’t want to pull up (on Saturday). She pulled up into the back straight, so she was quite keen to keep going, which was good.

“That’s what we wanted. We didn’t want a gut busting run.


Houtzen has pulled up in fine fettle after her Eagle Farm blitz. Picture: Grant Peters, Trackside Photography

“The Slipper will be another step up, but she did it Magic Millions Day so we know she can do it.”

Edmonds is trying to keep a lid on his emotions as he approaches the biggest race of his training career.

“I try to look like it’s not affecting me, but deep down it does,” he said.

“Even after her (Doomben) gallop last Saturday it was emotional, just to see her gallop like she did.

“A lot of two-year-olds have run enormous races, but you never see them again. That gallop confirmed to me she was back and was somewhere near where we needed her.”

Houtzen will have a serious hitout at the Gold Coast on Saturday and then “taper” next week before heading south.

Edmonds is still undecided where Houtzen will stay when she goes to Sydney next week. Ordinarily he would stable with Segenhoe Stud and Peter Robl at Randwick, but he’s looking elsewhere this time.


Houtzen does it easy at Eagle Farm. Picture: Grant Peters, Trackside Photography

“There’s a lot of construction (at Randwick) at the moment and it’s quite noisy, which I don’t think will suit her, so I would be happy to stay somewhere more rural,” he said.

A tactically brilliant ride from Tommy Berry on Frolic brought about the undoing of She Will Reign at Randwick, but Berry warned not to drop off the Slipper favourite based on Saturday’s effort.

“She Will Reign was struggling to get through the ground before the bend. Speaking to Ben Melham after the race he thought at the 700m he was in a bit of trouble,” Berry said.

“I would take nothing away from her. She’s a great filly and has done nothing wrong so far. She was gallant in defeat.

“Whoever was on her in the Slipper going into Saturday, I definitely wouldn’t jump off her.”

Berry intends to stick with Frolic in the Slipper, as he believes she will make an ideal Sires and Champagne horse as she gets out over more ground.

Story courtesy Nathan Exelby – Brisbane Courier Mail


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