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MY CALL: I'M MORE THAN HAPPY TO STAY WITH HOUTZEN

By David Fowler | Tuesday, February 21, 2017

David Fowler is the principal thoroughbred caller for Radio TAB. David, who is a keen form student and punter, has enjoyed a lifetime involvement in the racing media. His personal blog, ‘My Call’, appears exclusively on HRO.

I'd be more than happy to put my money on Houtzen to beat She Will Reign.

Houtzen has been resting since completing a slick hatrick of summer wins which included the Magic Millions.

Unbeaten she is, as is She Will Reign who has been comprehensive on the Sydney front with the last-to-first Silver Slipper victory on the weekend.

Their clash will first happen in the Golden Slipper on March 18 with the two fillies aiming at different races on the weekend of March 4 and 5.

Far from suggesting its a two horse race but comparing their records draws two significant points.

Houtzen is proven at 1200m. She Will Reign is not.

Houtzen is a faultless, if not, brilliant beginner. She Will Reign is not.

And I'd even say a bad barrier draw wouldn't dent my confidence with Houtzen.

Take time to watch her explosive speed from gate 16 of 16 in the Magic Millions if you doubt my opinion.

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Fellow HRO columnist John Schreck would be loath to compare the pair.

That's probably drawing a long bow (but I will) from the "Sheriff's" comments in his most recent column that it was dangerous territory to draw a comparison between the penalties of Josh Cartwright (18 month suspension) and James MacDonald (18 month disqualification).

While respecting the opinion, I thought it was somewhat naive to think I and others would not appreciate they were two different cases and not all of the evidence was at our disposal.

Of course, they can't be compared "per se" but they are both jockeys who both committed misdemeanours and both were penalised.

Significantly, both pleaded guilty to their actions. Penalty was the only issue at stake.

And, to repeat, both penalties cannot be right.

One is right and one is wrong in my book despite not being privy to the evidence tendered.

And I'm not saying which one is right or which one is wrong.

You be the judge.

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Did you catch the commercial for The Everest which recently aired on the Sky Racing TV platforms?

Well if you didn't you never will.

It's been binned almost as soon as it was created after a barrage of criticism.

Obviously, such a prestigious concept needs far more savvy approach in advertising than the one that was initially offered.

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What a grab bag of local racing issues surfaced in the last week.

Official trials to replace jumpouts, a new fluctuation service that doesn't include on-course bookies, small field sizes and Saturdays Eagle Farm track were but a few.

Everyone will have an opinion or thought but there should be one common denominator in the pursuit of tackling each or all of them.

Consult with those who know, not those who think they know.

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