Slipper favourite Houtzen drifts after drawing gate 16

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Trainer Toby Edmonds’ confidence has been slightly dented after his Golden Slipper favourite Houtzen drew gate 16 for Saturday’s $3.5 million two-year-old classic.

Houtzen had a look at Rosehill on Tuesday morning and pleased jockey Jeff Lloyd, who made the trip from Queensland to ride her in the gallop, but the barrier would have had been a downer when he landed back in Brisbane.

“I’m happy that she got a look at the track and she handled it in her stride,” Lloyd said. “She is a straightforward two-year-old and nothing seems to worry her.”

The second part of the morning didn’t go to plan for the unbeaten Magic Millions winner as she came up with gate 16. Sportsbet easing her from $3.80 to $4.

“I’m hopeful more than confident now after the barrier,” Edmonds said. “I think she is going better now than she was leading into the Magic Millions and Jeff was happy with her this morning.

“She drew wide in the Magic Millions and it didn’t stop her.

“We will just have to see how the track is playing with this rain around come Saturday.”

Gary Portelli was happy even though second pick in betting She Will Reign drew gate 13, which will become 11 if the emergencies come out.

“Eleven is my lucky number and if you had asked me before the draw I would have said six to 10 would be ideal. ” Portelli said. “She will be able to get right run but it is going to come down to how the track is playing.”

She Will Reign remains a $5.50 while Blue Diamond winner Catchy is $7 after drawing perfectly in gate eight and Diamond runner-up Pariah at $9 got four.

There a couple of shorteners at long odds in Menari and Formality, which drew gate one and two respectively.

Godolphin retained jockey William Buick elected to ride Trekking despite the fact he will jump from the outside gate after drawing barrier 18, in front of Veranillo.

Golden Slipper

1 122 PARIAH (4) Blake Shinn 56.5 $9

2 1×123 VERANILLO (11) Brenton Avdulla 56.5 $31

3. 141TRAPEZE ARTIST (5) Tim Clark 56.5 $26

4 2231 SINGLE BULLET (3) Tye Angland 56.5 $31

5 2×1 DIAMOND TATHAGATA (7) Glyn Schofield 56.5 $81

6 1×2 TREKKING (18) William Buick 56.5 $31

7 4×2512 INVADER (15) Hugh Bowman 56.5 $21

8 125 MENARI (1) Corey Brown 56.5 $26

9 1111 CATCHY (8) Craig Williams 54.5 $7

10 113 FORMALITY (2) Ryan Moore 54.5 $17

11 1241 TULIP (10) Kerrin McEvoy 54.5 $11

12 11×12 SHE WILL REIGN (13) Ben Melham 54.5 $5.50

13 2211 FROLIC (17) Tommy Berry 54.5 $15

14 1×13 TEASPOON (14) Zac Purton 54.5 $31

15 1111 HOUTZEN (16) Jeff Lloyd 54.5 $4

16 13132 MADEENATY (9) Regan Bayliss 54.5 $81

Emergencies

17 1325 CHAUFFEUR (19) Josh Parr 56.5 $51

18 2×434 SHOWTIME (6) 56.5 $81

19 04×234 THE MISSION (12) 56.5 $251

Market courtesy of Sportsbet.

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