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07/04/2012 – Golden Slipper Day Preview

April 7, 2012

Sydney’s premier raceday, Golden Slipper Day, is here for another year! Who can believe that it has rolled around so quickly?

This year’s racecard looks as strong as I’ve ever seen for a Slipper day, if not stronger.

Each of the Group 1 races oozes quality and the support races hold up very nicely.

But when there are nice fields, there is ALWAYS difficulty in finding a winner!

Hopefully we can get close to a couple this year.

Here are my thoughts on today’s racecard:

Race 1 – Group 3 The Schweppervescence (1400m)

The two year olds get their first opportunity to step up to 1400m. Recent winners have included Do You Think (2011), Skilled (2010), Onemorenomore (2009) and Mentality (2006). As always, it is difficult to tell with many of the two year olds getting out of their comfort zone for the first time. I’ve been keen to see DEAR DEMI at 1400m. By Dehere out of a Zabeel mare, she’ll appreciate further in time. She was good defeating Ashokan two back, who I rate quite highly in the Golden Slipper, before running a little flat in the Sweet Embrace Stakes. She’ll be hard to beat at 1400m. FLYING SNITZEL is a deserved favourite who ran a good third in the Magic Night Stakes last week. She brings a bit of class to the race and her dam was the Metropolitan winner Hula Flight so I doubt the distance will be a query. TOYDINI is extremely well bred, being by Preakness Stakes winner Bernadini from the Doncaster and Epsom Handicap runner up Johan’s Toy. 1400m should suit and he’s in the astute hands of Guy Walter. Was good on debut and will improve here. For fourth go with RED HOT CHILIES who is yet to place but hasn’t been too bad to date and will be another to appreciate the trip.


Race 2 – Group 3 Sebring Stakes (1100m)

A very competitive sprint here. Looks to be another hot tempo here with the likes of Winter King and Zaratone engaged. This is a drop in class for TEMPLE OF BOOM. He’s been going along well and I can see him just sitting off the leaders and pouncing at the top of the straight. The barrier is a slight concern but if Zaratone hops out well, he could open them up enough for Temple of Boom to slot in. MASTER OF DESIGN was dreadful in the Newmarket, but he’d been good in the Oakleigh Plate before that. He’s shown a liking for Rosehill, so if they do get along, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him rattle home. KENNY’S WORLD flies fresh and he too likes the track, he’s a big price at 50-1, while I’ve always had a soft spot for DO YOU THINK, who now seems to have been proven a sprinter. Could make cases for a number of these though!


Race 3 – Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m)

Click here to read my preview of the Vinery Stud Stakes.

Race 4 – Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m)

Looking back over the years, there have been some nice winners of this race, despite the fact it is the secondary lead-in to the Australian Derby next week. Some of the better winners include Harris Tweed (2009), Starcraft (2004), Natural Blitz (2003), Shogun Lodge (2000), Northern Drake (1998) and Mahogany (1993). I do wonder if any in this field can reach those heights. It does look the perfect race for REKINDLED ALLIANCE. I was hugely disappointed to see him go down to Colorado Claire in the Phar Lap Stakes but he’s on track for a win and the 2000m should suit perfectly. He should win, all being equal. I reckon the danger might be from the blueblood COMPASS. He’s by Redoute’s Choice out of Valkyrie Diva, who was a Group-winning half sister to Makybe Diva. He was good over 1900m and looks a nice stayer in the making. The stablemate STRAWBERRY BOY has won his only two starts and has been incredibly impressive. Steps right up in grade but looks on the way up. And if DARCI BE GOOD finds his best form, he should be going close – he did run second in the Spring Champion Stakes last prep! Next best Iggi Pop.


Race 5 – Group 1 The BMW (2400m)

Click here to read my preview of The BMW.

Race 6 – Group 1 Queen of the Turf (1500m)

Click here to read my preview of the Queen of the Turf.

Race 7 – Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m)

Click here to read my preview of the Golden Slipper.

Race 8 – Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m)

Click here to read my preview of the George Ryder Stakes.

Race 9 – Group 3 HKJC Stakes (2000m)

A good race to end the day, marred by the late scratching of the likely favourite Crafty Irna. WORLD WIDE has been running well without winning. He has form behind some of his opponents here, including Maules Creek and Extra Zero, but I do think he’s going to win a race like this soon so I’ve gone for him here. MAULES CREEK has been going well recently and he beat subsequent Manion Cup winner Permit well lest start. He’s got to be in with a chance. WESTERN SYMBOL was good first up, he drops 6kg here and he did run third in a Bendigo Cup last preparation, while EXTRA ZERO was good at Albury and has a chance if he goes on with it here. Competitive.


Good luck with all your investments on Golden Slipper day, and may I wish you all a very happy Easter!

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