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Houtzen on target for Arrowfield

HoutzenontargetforArrowfield

April13,20182:58pm。

byAAP

Houtzen(left)willbackupfromherPJBellStakeswintocontesttheArrowfield3YOSprint。

GlynSchofieldreckonsaninvigoratedHoutzencanstrengthenherclaimsforanothershotatTheEverestthroughtheGroupTwoArrowfieldSprintatRandwick。

TheGoldCoast-trainedfillyranastheAquisFarmrepresentativeinlastOctobersinaugural$10millionsprint。

TrainerTobyEdmondsbroughtHoutzentoSydneyfortheListedFireballStakes(1100m)lastmonthwhensheranthirdasthe$2。

90favouritebehindIAmExcited。

Shemaintainedherperfectsecond-uprecordwhenSchofieldguidedhertoadoggedvictoryintheGroupThreePJBellStakes(1200m)atRandwicklastSaturday。

InatightfinishHoutzengothomebyashortneckfromManicureandDemerarawhofinishedinadead-heatforsecond。

Shesbouncedbacktotopformandclearlyshescomeoutoftheracewell,Schofieldsaid。

TobywasadamanttherewasimprovementinheraftertheFireballandhewasspot-on。

Althoughthe$13millionEverestissoemmonthsaway,SchofieldthinksHoutzeniswellplacedtostakeherclaimsagain。

IfshewinsonSaturdaymaybeyesifsomeonewantshertogothatway,hesaid。

TheresalottolikeaboutthewayshefoughtinthePJBell。

Itwasntlikesheblewthemawaybutinastronglyrunracewhenshewaschallengedshestuckherheadoutandwouldntlaydown。

Houtzenwasrateda$7。

50chancewiththeTABonFridaywhileSchofieldagreedfavouriteViridinewouldbehardtobeat。

ViridineisclearlythedangerandalthoughhehasntwonaGroupOnewhenhegetsitaltogetherhesasmarthorse,hesaid。

GodolphinheadtrainerJamesCummingsisencouragedbyViridinesworkashereturnstoracingafterathirdintheGroupOneGalaxy(1100m)atRosehillonMarch24。

ViridinecameoutoftheGalaxyingoodshapeandforushejustlooksthatlittlebitbettergoingintotheArrowfieldatsetweightsagainstthree-year-olds,hesaid。

TheDavidPfieffer-trainedIAmExcitedisthe$4。

40secondelectasshestepsupingradefromherrecentListedwinsintheFireballStakesandDarbyMunroStakes。

Threeweeksbetweenrunswilldohertheworldofgoodandwevegotidealconditions,Pfieffersaid。

Itsaverystrongfield。