Houtzen Ready for Golden Slipper
Tara Madgwick - Saturday, 4 March 2017
A very heavy track at Randwick contributed to the defeat of Golden Slipper favourite She Will Reign and Golden Slipper hopeful Menari, who was unplaced as favourite in the Group II ATC Todman Stakes, but at Eagle Farm it was smooth sailing for Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Houtzen.

Houtzen wins the Magic MillionsBurdened with 63 kg, the Toby Edmonds trained daughter of I Am Invincible made it look all too easy as she jumped straight to the front and cruised along in the lead for Jeff Lloyd.

Given rein in the straight she forged clear to win the 1000 metre scamper by four lengths as a hot favourite and will come to Sydney in peak condition for her next assignment the Group I ATC Golden Slipper on March 18.

Edmonds had Houtzen (pictured Steve Hart) entered for the Group II ATC Reisling Stakes won by Frolic and the Group III Black Opal Stakes on Sunday, but elected to take the easier option, albeit carrying a weight that had not been carried to victory in Brisbane since 1972.

"She had to beat them like that today to be competitive in two weeks time and she's done it," Edmonds said.

A $105,000 Magic Millions purchase for her trainer from the Yarraman Park draft, Houtzen was bred by the late Noel Leckie and has won four from four earning $1.3 million in prizemoney. 

She is the first winner from Reset mare Set to Unleash, whose dam is a half-sister to globe-trotting Champion 3YO Filly Sun Classique.

Houtzen is one of 10 juvenile winners this season for I Am Invincible, who is running second to Snitzel on the Australian 2YO Sires List and had his first million dollar yearling earlier this week when his $1.4 million colt from Soorena topped the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

Race 3 - Winning Edge Presentations Hcp - 1000m
Class: Open. Track: Soft(5). Time: 0:58.29. Sectional Time: 0:33.77 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $60,000 - 1st: $40,200 2nd: $10,800 3rd: $5,400.
 1   Houtzen T: A J Edmonds J: J Lloyd

2f   I Am Invincible x Set To Unleash (Reset )
 Lot 836 2016 MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2
Vendor - Yarraman Park Stud Scone NSW
Buyer - Edmonds Racing P/L  $105,000
 2 4.0 Miss Exfactor T: T J Gollan J: J Byrne
2f   Your Song x Search For Fame (Quest For Fame (GB) )
 Lot 835 2016 MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2
Vendor - Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW
Buyer - McLachlan Racing  $70,000
 3 7.5 Acceptile T: Mark F Webb J: D J Browne
2c   Smart Missile x Accepted (More Than Ready (USA) )
Not Offered
 4 7.8 Red Hot Miss T: T J Sears J: M Cahill
2f   Red Element x Comic Queen (Rory's Jester )
 5 9.8 Paradis Imperial T: A J McMahon J: Tiffani Brooker
2f   Instinction x Hennessy Beau (Hennessy (USA) )
 6 11.3 Danish Bingo T: Steven O'Dea J: P Hammersley
2f   Sebring x Danedina (Danehill Dancer (IRE) )
 7 13.1 Choreograph T: Steven O'Dea J: L V Cassidy
2c   Choisir x Elsewhere (Lonhro )
 8 13.3 Wicked Knickers T: Bruce Hill J: Ron Stewart
2f   Wicked Style (USA) x Garments (Octagonal (NZ) )
 9 14.8 Ellersley T: K M Schweida J: G Colless
2g   More Than Ready (USA) x Skating On Ice (Bradbury's Luck )
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