Edmonds hoping Houtzen dream continues

Jan 14, 2017

Star youngster Houtzen laid a marker for the Group 1 Golden Slipper, the flying filly remaining unbeaten with a dominant win in Saturday’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast.

Trainer Toby Edmonds confirmed Houtzen will head for a short break, before returning for an assault on the $3.5 million feature at Rosehill in March.

“We’ll spell her now and get her ready for the Slipper,” Edmonds told G1X.com.au.

“She wanted to run through the bridle a bit today, wanted to get on with it, so maybe she’s just about had enough.

“We’ll see how she pulls up - it’s always horse first.”

Offered by Yarraman Park at last year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale (Book 2), Edmonds paid $105,000 for the daughter of I Am Invincible and Set To Unleash (Reset).

The bay filly is now three from three, with $1,285,400 in prizemoney.

Jumping from the outside gate (17), Houtzen, began brilliantly and found the lead with ease.

Rated perfectly in front by Queensland’s leading hoop, 55-year-old Jeff Lloyd, Houtzen ($4EF) staved off the fast-finishing Chauffeur ($19), with Madeenaty ($9) third.

Co-favourite From Within finished 13th, 8.4L from the winner.

“She began so brilliantly and controlled the race,” said Edmonds. “She’s the quickest horse I’ve trained, she’s very fast. And she’s a great barrier horse.

“We bought the filly ourselves and it’s a dream come true. It's my biggest win.”

“I always knew she had good ability, but we weren’t quite sure how good because we hadn’t got underneath her at all until race day. She’s continued to improve with experience.”

Ryan was thrilled with the effort of his $1.6 million runner-up.

“He went terrific to get so close,” Ryan said. “He was really strong through the line.”

Despite not being nominated for the race, Houtzen is the $6 favourite for the Golden Slipper with corporate bookmaker Sportsbet.

She Will Reign is at $8, while Chauffeur and Khan are next best at $11.

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