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Golden Slipper Preview: Our Insights & Selections

March 23, 2019

By Michael

The 2019 ATC Golden Slipper Stakes is a Group I race for Two-Year-Olds at set weights conducted over 1200 metres at Rosehill Racecourse with total prizemoney of $3,500,000.00.

 

SELECTIONS: 2-9-16-5

MICROPHONE made it three wins from four starts in the Skyline Stakes defeating Cosmic Force who then franked the form winning ultra impressively last week. Has drawn the rails barrier which will give Hugh Bowman the opportunity to slide up from the inside without having to spend any carrots. TENLEY is yet to taste defeat in three starts and won the Reisling Stakes last start in comprehensive fashion. She has drawn well and if the filly can handle the heavy surface is definitely a danger. LOVING GABY is a backmarker who could be storming home late at appealing odds, I like the booking of Oisin Murphy. COSMIC FORCE couldn’t have been more impressive last week but the seven day back up on another heavy track is the only thing stopping me from putting it on top. Looking to include LYRE and FREE OF DEBT in my wider exotic bets.

Golden Slipper Tidbits –
  • The last 11 Golden Slipper winners have either finished first or second in their final lead up run.
  • The last eight have only been beaten once, or not at all.
  • Battle of the sexes – Last 22 runnings – Colts/Geldings 11 wins, Fillies 11 wins.
  • Only one horse has won at odds over $14 in the last 20 years.

 

Form analysis for each individual runner can be found below:


 

  1. Yes Yes Yes

  • Jockey: B Shinn
  • Trainer: C Waller
  • Barrier: 19
Our Comments:

The former Darren Weir trained runner has an impressive record winning three races from just four starts. He resumed in impressive fashion to win the Group 2 Todman Stakes at Royal Randwick back on March 9. Drawn poorly and will need even luck in running to be in the finish, definitely has the class to figure.

Trainer Comments:

“He is the right horse for the race but it is made a little harder by the barrier draw where he will start from the extreme outside. The horse at least comes into the race with very good form and is well prepared and I think he will get through the conditions without too much trouble. His work through the week has been of a very good standard, he is a fit horse and should be peaking at the right time.’’

 


  1. Microphone

  • Jockey: H Bowman
  • Trainer: J Cummings
  • Barrier: 1
Our Comments:

Has shown plenty of ability in four starts winning twice down the straight at Flemington and most recently in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes at Randwick on March 2. Cosmic Force was runner up last start and franked the form 7 days ago winning the Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes by a big margin. Has drawn the rails barrier and is right in the mix.

Trainer Comments:

“He’s a strong individual and he’s capable of absorbing a fast speed and still sprinting to the line. He comes into this on fresh legs with three weeks from the Skyline. I feel that he’s going to be suited by the three-week break into another high-pressure race.’’


  1. Time To Reign

  • Jockey: J Collett
  • Trainer: G Portelli
  • Barrier: (9)
Our Comments:

Trainer Gary Portelli looking to win two of the past three Golden Slippers with She Will Reign taking out the race in 2017. Has been mixing his form this preparation but did look impressive winning the Group 2 Silver Slipper two starts ago. He was a beaten favourite last start in the Todman finishing sixth to Yes Yes Yes beaten just under five lengths. Should race on the pace and has run well on rain affected tracks. Not the worst hope but other fancies preferred.

Trainer Comments:

“Half the battle is getting there, having your horse right on the day and that’s where we are at. We got the rain we need and we feel we’re back on track. If he brings his Tassort form he’s the horse to beat.’’

 


  1. Free Of Debt

  • Jockey: D Dunn
  • Trainer: C Beig
  • Barrier: (10)
Our Comments:

The South Australian hope affectionately known around the stables as “Cucumber”has been a cool commodity since beginning his career in late December. He won successive races at Morphettville and Flemington before placing in the Group 1 Blue Diamond. Aquis Farm bought into the horse prior to the Caulfield feature and are hoping to make this son of the late Unencumbered a future stallion prospect. He hasn’t raced for a month but has been kept ticking over with a recent Randwick trial. Will race on top of the speed and is a chance to run a hole at big odds.

Trainer Comments:

“He’s done everything right to date, the first colt home in the Blue Diamond definitely justifies his position. It’s an open race but I’m not worried about anyone else, I just make sure my horse is fit and ready to go on Saturday. I’d like him to sit one out and one back, get a good cart up into the race and present him at the 300m mark.’’


  1. Cosmic Force

  • Jockey: M Zahra
  • Trainer: P & P Snowden
  • Barrier: (2)
Our Comments:

The Golden Slipper favourite began his racing career scoring on the spacious Newcastle track before having a short freshen up. He chased home Microphone two starts back in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes before bolting in last week on a heavy track in the Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes. Rider James McDonald was very impressed with the performance even suggesting that although already booked for Tenley, would happily swap mounts in the Slipper. Will get through the conditions without any issues, the only reservation is backing up seven days later on another heavy track, who are we to doubt the Snowden’s though! Top chance and the horse to beat.

Trainer Comments:

“The horse is in really good order and for mine he hasn’t peaked. He’s very laid back, he wants to please you all the time and he’s racing better every time he steps out. I’m confident there’s still one more good one left in him.’’

 


  1. Dubious

  • Jockey: M Walker
  • Trainer: C Maher & D Eustace
  • Barrier: (16)
Our Comments:

This Aquis Farm owned colt was winner of the Group 3 Breeder’s Plate in the Spring and a runner up in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic up on the Gold Coast in January. The son of Not A Single Doubt was then freshened and placed in the Group 2 Todman Stakes at his most recent start on the Randwick circuit. He will be fitter for the run but the wide draw is a concern. Looking to others.

Trainer Comments:

“The horse is spot on, I’m very happy with him. Everything has gone to plan. He’s a well rounded racehorse and you know he finds off the bridle. He’ll make his own luck, that’s normally what he does. He puts himself in a race, we work it out from there and Michael (Walker) knows him well.’’


  1. Lyre

  • Jockey: L Currie
  • Trainer: A Freedman
  • Barrier: (13)
Our Comments:

The Group 1 Blue Diamond winner is the first of a large contingent of fillies in the race we will preview. Hard to knock her form and appears to be a forgotten horse with the market pricing her a $12 chance. The in-form Luke Currie will again ride, fresh off his Group 1 win aboard Sunlight in Friday night’s William Reid. The filly has not raced for a month but did win a trial nicely at Randwick recently. One of the top chances!

Trainer Comments:

“She’s fairly bombproof. The Blue Diamond was the grand final but we had the Slipper in our thoughts if she pulled up well. And (Tuesday) morning she galloped on the course proper at Randwick, worked with a mate and went past like it was standing still. So I think that the ground is not going to be an issue. She seems to be thriving at the moment.”

 


  1. Lankan Star

  • Jockey: D Oliver
  • Trainer: D & B Hayes
  • Barrier: (3)
Our Comments:

The Hayes / Dabernig runner finished second to Lyre in the Blue Diamond and this filly had her first experience the Sydney way of going in last weeks Group 3 Magic Night Stakes. The daughter of Nicconi appeared to struggle in the heavy going and another wet track this Saturday will not suit. Like others in the race.

Trainer Comments:

“Her placing in the Blue Diamond was excellent. Last start she drew off the track and didn’t have any luck. She has to handle the seven day back up but she will be well positioned from the good gate.’’


  1. Tenley

  • Jockey: J McDonald
  • Trainer: J Cummings
  • Barrier: (6)
Our Comments:

The lone grey in the race has a perfect record winning all three career starts. She was impressive winning the Group 2 Reisling Stakes at her most recent start and looks to have drawn nicely in gate six with James McDonald to ride. The filly is yet to race on a rain affected surface which is a concern, if she can get through the conditions the Godolphin runner is definitely a winning chance.

Trainer Comments:

“She has the record of a filly that belies her racing pattern. It says a lot about her booming finish to have a three-nil scoreline coming into the Slipper. You have to give her credit for the way she can produce in the final furlong under pressure.’’

 


  1. Pin Sec

  • Jockey: T Berry
  • Trainer: J Cummings
  • Barrier: (5)
Our Comments:

The big unknown runner. Has only had two runs to date, a maiden 2YO win at Randwick on Boxing Day followed by victory in Canberra’s Group 3 Black Opal. Form lines are quite different to a majority of the field which makes it difficult to line up. Although hard to fault on what we have seen, I think there might be others with too much class.

Trainer Comments:

“The Black Opal win was a slashing victory and her debut win interestingly was far different given she didn’t have run of the race advantages. She was forced to show incredible determination and perseverance to claim them in the latter stages. For that reason she’s a bit more experienced than her record shows. With a wet track likely, we like the fact that she is a Lonhro filly from a daughter of Commands which has been shown to be a successful formula for rain affected going.”


  1. Anaheed

  • Jockey: T Clark
  • Trainer: P & P Snowden
  • Barrier: (7)
Our Comments:

Has been near abouts in her four career starts registering two wins in the Listed Victory Vein on a heavy track back in October, and the Group 2 Sweet Embrace at the start of March, both at Royal Randwick. Things didn’t appear to go her way in the Reisling when jumping awkwardly, racing wide without cover and being struck by another riders whip close to the finish. Worth a play in your exotics at a juicy odds.

Trainer Comments:

“We tried to ride her back behind the speed (last run) to see how she’d react and it probably backfired a bit. We won’t be so negative this Saturday, we’ll ride her up on the speed knowing she can handle the wet and run a strong 1200m. She worked on the course proper and it was a bog and she went through it like it was nothing.’’

 


  1. Kiamichi

  • Jockey: D Lane
  • Trainer: J Cummings
  • Barrier: (17)
Our Comments:

Underwent a vet examination on Friday afternoon with some swelling found in the off-fore cannon and passed fit to start. Appeared to like the heavy going last week to lead all the way and win the Group 3 Magic Night. Another drawn a sticky barrier that will need luck coming across to settle on top of the speed.

Trainer Comments:

“She brings a wonderful Rosehill record into the Golden Slipper, arriving here on the back of her determined wet-track victory in the G3 Magic Night. Her debut victory back in November hinted at the strength she possesses and she’s a filly who is capable of bringing that quality into the Slipper on what seems likely to be another wet track.”


  1. Catch Me

  • Jockey: C Brown
  • Trainer: P & P Snowden
  • Barrier: (12)
Our Comments:

Been beaten comprehensively at her two most recent Victorian runs, which included the Group 1 Blue Diamond when 10th, beaten four lengths behind Lyre. She started of career in impressive fashion winning the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes in September and then the Group 3 Blue Diamond Fillies Preview on Australia Day. Has been kept up to the mark with a recent trial win at Randwick but looking to others.

Trainer Comments:

“Catch Me has shown glimpses of absolute brilliance in the past. She has to stretch it to 1200m but there’s no reason why she won’t off a hot speed. Even though it is a wet track they won’t be dawdling, the quicker they go early the better it will suit her.’’

 


  1. Vincere Volare

  • Jockey: S Clipperton
  • Trainer: T Gollan
  • Barrier: (11)
Our Comments:

Won her first two starts up in Queensland on the Doomben circuit before venturing down to Sydney when chasing home Tenley in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes. Drawn nicely and should land on the speed, can sneak a top six finish if things work out for her.

Trainer Comments:

“We’re very excited to have another runner in the Slipper. Everything has gone exactly to plan, I have no excuses to offer for her preparation. It’s been faultless. She’ll present a very fit, healthy horse and then it’s up to the race gods whether she gets through the testing ground. We won’t be changing her racing pattern, she’s very a quick filly out of the gates and she’s always in for the fight.’’


  1. Exhilarates

  • Jockey: K McEvoy
  • Trainer: J Cummings
  • Barrier: (18)
Our Comments:

Finished just in front of Vincere Volare when second to Tenley in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes two weeks ago. Winner of the Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YO Classic in January in what was considered one of the better 2YO performances of the season. Will need a lot of luck from the shocking barrier but has the services of champion jockey Kerrin McEvoy.

Trainer Comments:

“She was there to run well (in the Reisling) but definitely not at her best so fresh since the Magic Millions. We love the way she’s gone ahead. She’s already proven to be able to perform on the big stage when that intense pressure comes on.”

 


  1. Loving Gaby

  • Jockey: O Murphy
  • Trainer: C Maher & D Eustace
  • Barrier: (15)
Our Comments:

The knock out chance in this year’s Golden Slipper. Has been kept very safe in the market only being seen at the races on two occasions previously at Caulfield, winning the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes and a 6thin the Group 1 Blue Diamond. Trialled nicely in the clockwise direction at Royal Randwick and has International jet setting jockey Oisin Murphy flown in to take the ride. Definitely one for the multiples.

Trainer Comments:

“She’s learning each start, she was slow away at her first start and was pretty good in the Diamond. We’ll just have to work out the dynamics of the race but I’d say she’ll be midfield somewhere. She’s come through the trial well and worked strongly on Tuesday morning. She needs a smooth, uninterrupted run.’’


Key Gear Changes:1. Yes Yes Yes Ear Muffs (Pre-Race), 6. Dubious Blinkers On, 13. Catch Me Blinkers Off, 16. Loving Gaby Cross Over Noseband Off & Ear Muffs (Pre-Race), 17. Bivouac Ear Muffs (Pre-Race)

* Trainers comments supplied by RacingNSW

 

 

 

 

 

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