The Chris Waller-trained From Within has now firmed into the $3.60 favourite with pre-barrier draw favourite and boom filly Houtzen easing to $3.80 after drawing the outside gate in the Magic Millions two-year-old classic on the Gold Coast.
When asked about the draw trainer Toby Edmonds said “It is hard to get cover from that barrier but it is what it is.” said Edmonds. “We can’t do anymore now. If you get there and you’re standing up fit and healthy, you’re in with a chance. The best part about it is our horses are here already. They’re used to the track, they’re used to the climate and the others have got to travel here.”
Just two horses have started from the outside barrier to win the two-year-old classic. Molokai Prince (1988) and Malibu Magic (1989).
Part-owner of Houtzen, Darren Halpin spoke to Racing.com’s Brad Bishop after the barrier draw. Halpin admitted he and connections were ‘devastated’ but said: “Toby (Edmonds) was quite calm, he said ‘Mate, that’s okay, we’ll do the rest, you stay out of it and we’ll sort it.”
“I think it’s now up to Jeff (Lloyd) and Toby to have a god and find the front and win I suppose. Jeff knows the horse well so I’m not too worried about it. It’s not the end of her chances, I think she’s fast enough out of the gates that whatever we want to do with her, she can do.”
From Within has now taken favouritism after drawing perfectly in gate number seven. “She worked on the course proper at Rosehill and everything went according to plan,” Trainer Chris Waller said. “Hugh Bowman rode her and was very pleased with the way she felt.”
No two-year-old has ever won the 2YO Magic Millions Classic at only their second start. It’s a deep task for her, only her second race start and in such a high-pressure race but we do know we’ve got a good filly on our hands,” Waller said.
“She looks untapped but we probably won’t know until we see her under pressure in the Magic Millions - that’s something we can’t prepare her for and we just have to wait and see. I think she’s a very good horse and one to follow in the autumn, possibly even a race like the Golden Slipper.”
Madeenaty sits on the third line of betting at $7.50 for the Hayes team after drawing gate one. Ours to Keep sits at $8.50 for Chris Munce and Damian Browne after drawing gate four. While the other drifter has been Invincible Star who has eased to $8.50 after selecting gate 16.