Temperature rules Houtzen out of Nunthorpe

Temperature rules Houtzen out of Nunthorpe

Australian sprinter Houtzen has an elevated temperature which has ruled her out of the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

Owners Aquis Farm had planned to pay a late entry to put the mare in Friday’s 1000m-race but have announced she will now be saved for a Group One race in Ireland.

Houtzen was unplaced in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June after stumbling out of the barriers but ran an eye-catching second to Battaash in the King George Stakes at Goodwood.

“Due to an elevated temperature, #Houtzen will unfortunately miss the upcoming Gr.1 Nunthorpe Stakes, but will now be aimed at the Gr.1 Flying Five @curraghrace in September,” Aquis said on Twitter.

Battaash is the second favourite for the Nunthorpe behind Ten Sovereigns who is in line to represent Coolmore in the $14 million Everest at Randwick in October.

Credit: AAP