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Can Houtzen follow in the footsteps of these great Queensland wins?

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Can Houtzen follow in the footsteps of these great Queensland wins?
No victory was more famous than when the mighty Maroons clutched victory from the jaws of defeat in State of Origin II earlier this year.

Now Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds is banking on that Queensland spirit shining through for Queensland’s Champion 2YO, Houtzen, when she tackles the $10 million The Everest at Randwick on Saturday.

Edmonds told the Daily Telegraph he was actually a New South Wales supporter, but will bank on the support of all Queenslanders on Saturday.

Currently a $23 chance with Racing Queensland wagering partner UBET, and with the likes of Australia’s champion 2YO She Will Reign, three-time TJ Smith winner Chautauqua, and Randwick track record-holder Deploy engaged in the race, the Queensland underdog spirit will have to shine through.

Here is five times Queensland horses have headed south and stolen the show in the modern era.

2009 Golden Slipper – Phelan Ready

Trained out of Jason McLachlan’s Sunshine Coast stable, Phelan Ready came from the clouds to win the 2009 Magic Millions before heading to Sydney. He would finish second in the Todman behind Real Saga before starting at odds upwards of $26 in the world’s richest race for two-year-olds.
With Brad Rawiller in the saddle, the son of More Than Ready relished the heavy going to score a 2.3L win over Headway and eventual Cox Plate place-getter, Manhattan Rain.

2010 Epsom Handicap – Captain Sonador

Queenslanders knew they had a good horse to follow for the spring of 2010 when Captain Sonador placed in the Hobartville Stakes and Rosehill Guineas in the Autumn. Trained by Roger Milne out of Toowoomba, Captain Sonador ($15) returned for the Epsom Handicap in October that year and claimed the famous mile at Randwick with big race specialist Glen Boss aboard.

2010 AJC Derby – Shoot Out

Purchased by prominent Queensland owners Graham and Linda Huddy at the 2008 Magic Millions Yearling Sale for just $15,000, Shoot Out went on to win more than $3 million in prizemoney. Sent out a $4.80 chance in the AJC Derby, the then John Wallace-trained gelding rounded up eventual Caulfield Cup winner Descarado to win by 1.3L.

2012 Galaxy – Temple Of Boom

Temple Of Boom was sent out a $15 chance in the 2012 Galaxy after finishing down the track behind the likes of Black Caviar and Hay List earlier in the autumn. But the gelding by Piccolo stormed clear late with 57kg to stave off Nobby Snip and Ladys Angel, to earn four-time Brisbane premier trainer Tony Gollan his first Group 1 win.

2002 Golden Slipper – Calaway Gal

Trainer Bruce Brown became the first Queensland-based trainer to win the Golden Slipper, when Calaway Gal beat the likes of Choisir in the 2002 edition. Ridden by Scott Seamer, it would be the daughter of Clang’s fifth and last win of her 24-race career. She would finish with career earnings just short of $1.7 million.  
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