Houtzen new Magic Millions favourite
Jan 07, 2017
Locally trained filly Houtzen has shaken up Magic Millions Classic markets with a brilliant front running display at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Ridden by leading jockey Jeff Lloyd, Houtzen produced an arrogant display cruising to a 4-3/4 length win over Make My Own Luck in the QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap (1100m).
Houtzen scored in similar fashion on debut at Doomben on December 24 and was a borderline contender for next week’s $2 million Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast.
Lloyd, who is a runaway leader in the Brisbane jockeys’ premiership, had an armchair ride after driving the daughter of I Am Invincible to the front and looked over both shoulders in the straight before easing the filly down.
Lloyd later said he had given Houtzen the softest run he could knowing the filly would be backing-up in seven days for the Magic Millions Classic.
“On Tuesday when I came and rode work for Toby Edmonds I couldn’t believe how much she had improved,” Lloyd said.
“She had really done well after her first run and this run will top her off nicely for next week.
“I knew Sister Act had a lot of speed but after five or six strides I had her covered without doing much and was one length in front.
“I’m glad she had a nice easy win for next week.”
Edmonds was relieved the pressure of making the Magic Millions field was finally over.
“It’s good to get it out of the road,” Edmonds said.
“She’s quite a sensible filly and a push button type.
“She’s so placid and is very quick on her feet but you have to shake her up to get going.
“We just need to get her home now and hope she eats up and is sound in the morning.”
Houtzen was a $105,000 buy at the Magic Millions sales last year and is now the new favourite for the feature at $3.50.
As much as $10 was available for Houtzen last week but her price was slashed from $7.00 immediately after her dominant performance.