Houtzen’s owners are celebrating after she took out the prestigious Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Jumping from the outside barrier, Houtzen showed blistering speed to lead and went on to beat Chauffeur by a half-length, with Madeenaty a further 2-1/4 lengths away third.
Houtzen becomes only the third horse in Magic Millions history to win from the outside barrier.
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Trent Edmond, from the winning stable, was more than impressed with his hometown win.
“It’s been a great effort and today she proved she was the best filly,” he said.
“Winning the Magic Millions is everything to us. It’s our home town and a dream come true.”
Ridden by Jeff Lloyd, Edmonds was confident in the jockey’s approach to the race.
“We went over the race many times together but I left it up to him,” he said.
“He’s one of a kind and such a great tactician and doesn’t give much away.”
Houtzen will now attempt to join Dance Hero (2004), Phelan Ready (2009) and Capitalist (2016) as the only winners of the Magic Millions-Golden Slipper double at Rosehill in March.
Earlier in the day, it was an upset win in the Queensland Magic Millions 3YO Guineas when $126 longshot Flying Jess stole the show to claim victory over Global Glamour by a neck in the $2 million Queensland Magic Millions 3YO Guineas.
Eckstein was a similar margin behind, while the much favoured Winning Rupert failed to run the trip and weakened to finish fourth, less than two lengths away.
Flying Jess was acquired for $60,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions sales by Joe O’Neill’s Prime Thoroughbreds.
The Magic Millions Ladies In Racing bonus also added to the richest day in Australian thoroughbred racing, with connections in the 2YO Classic for Real Princess taking home $325,000, Falconic $100,000, Cellar Girl $50,000 and Saxton Rock $25,000.
Another exciting win on the day was the Matthew Dunn-trained Madotti’s victory in the UBET Magic Millions QTIS Open.
The Gold Coast Magic Millions mare was purchased for $80,000 and netted her connections $600,000 for her victory on Saturday.
Madotti’s current earnings now sit at $1,031,220 with total QTIS bonuses sitting at $70,000.