Golden Slipper Preview

Again a big thanks to Mitch Fenton @mitchfenton88 for this in-depth Golden Slipper preview.

 

1.VANCOUVER

Star Medaglia D’Oro colt trained by the 2 year old genius Gai Waterhouse. He has a perfect record of 3 from 3.

He won the Breeders Plate on debut back in the Spring by leading all the way beating the highly fancied Team Hawkes runner Saboog, who is the full brother of Slipper runner up (behind Pierro) and Gr1 winning mare Snitzerland.

Then resumed in the Autumn beating Gai’s colt Outreach in the Canonbury at Rosehill, Outreach being a full relation to Gai’s 2013 Slipper winner Overreach. He showed his versatility that day by settling well back in the small field of 6 before running home to score with conviction again.

He stamped himself as a potential superstar then by winning the Gr2 Todman at Randwick by a massive 3.5L beating home Furnances and Headwater who he’ll face again here. He ran very slick time overall in winning and his last 600m sectional was 4L quicker than average.

The knock is obviously drawing the outside gate of 16 and for mine but that’s the only knock, had he have drawn well he would have been nearly past the post even in such a quality race. He can go forward or settle back in the field and that versatility may help overcome the alley. Wins with luck and good T.Berry ride.

2.HEADWATER

Brilliant winner of his first two races including the Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes at Rosehill that saw him start $1.75 in the Todman against Vancouver. Blake Shinn elected to sit 3 wide without cover that day and he was a beaten horse a long way out, before plugging on OK late to nab 3rd, but he was a whopping 5.5L behind Vancouver.

That’s a hell of a lot of ground to make up and even though I think he’s better than what he showed in the Todman, I can’t see him turning the tables on Vancouver Or Furnaces for that matter unless “Group 1” Glenn Boss can produce some sort of little miracle.

3.FURNACES

The first of 4 Godolphin runners in the field.

Huge debut winner at by 6.5L at Rosehill last Spring before being immediately tipped out for a spell by O’Shea.

Has come back this prep with 2 second placing’s including last start behind Vancouver in the Gr2 Todman beaten 3.5L.

Looks an handy type who probably wants a bit further, lacking any real brilliance over 1200m.

Place chance.

4.HAPTIC

Unbeaten from 2 career starts including the listed Lonhro Stakes at Randwick last start where he beat stablemate Furnaces. That form ties in with Vancouver.

On pacer who from barrier 3 will likely be able to lead with James Doyle riding but not sure he has the class of some of these other youngsters, and think he’s a place chance at best.

5.EXOSPHERE

Flopped on debut as an odds on favourite being going for a spell. Has won both starts this prep firstly a Kembla Grange maiden before an explosive win in the Gr2 Skyline Stakes at Warwick Farm. That run sees him a legitimate chance here to snare the Slipper. He showed a brilliant turn of foot and that’s often what wins Golden Slipper’s. James McDonald should be able to position him close and let him unleash a big finish. One of the main hopes.

6.READY FOR VICTORY

Won on debut. Comes here at just his 2nd race start. There’s no telling just how good he might be. A real wildcard hope!

7.ODYSSEY MOON

Prefer others.

8.ENGLISH

Gai’s unbeaten filly winning 2 from 2. I prefer other formlines however it’s tough to ever completely dismiss a Gai Waterhouse trained 2yo in the Slipper.

9.REEMAH

Nosed out in the Blue Diamond at just her 2nd start in a race. That day she ran the fastest last 600, 400 and 200m splits of the race. That shows that she’s high quality. A real live knockout chance at 40-1.

10.SPEAK FONDLY

Won last start but I prefer the other Waterhouse runners.

11.FIREWORKS

Looks to me like she wants further and will be better suited in the Sires and Champagne.

12.HAYBAH

Won last start in Adelaide but highly doubt it’s got what it takes in a Slipper.

13.OTTOMAN

Has won 1 and placed 1 from 3 career starts

14.LAKE GENEVA

Went to the Blue Diamond at just race start number 2 and was terrific running a gallant 3rd behind Pride of Dubai. Has been freshened up since

15.SINGLE GAZE

Prefer others.

16.LOOK TO THE STARS

Not for me.

 

TIPS

1.VANCOUVER

5.EXOSPHERE

6.READY FOR VICTORY

9.REEMAH

 

SUGGESTED BET; 1.VANCOUVER TO WIN, 9.REEMAH EACH WAY AT BIG ODDS.

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