The Golden Slipper has been a huge success story for the STC and the breeding industry. As Randwick’s Carnival sometimes floundered and staying bloodlines lost favour, the Slipper surged to the forefront of Sydney racing. Some worry whether it might become collateral damage to the upcoming ATC “Championships” but I’d reckon the identity and glamour of the 2yo dash is entrenched enough to survive, indeed thrive. It is rich, brash and played for high stakes – very Sydney. Great winners and great stories help its enduring appeal and I’m tipping the outstanding Earthquake to be remembered as one of the very best. It is just impossible to select another. She should be evens – as likely to win as not. Remarkably she got on the drift when drawing 13 – sure 5 to 10 are preferred but it should not be any excuse. Doomsayers cite 13 as a jinx barrier, having never provided a Slipper – what superstitious garbage (not to mention she’ll likely come in to 12). More alarming has been reports of her having to be treated with antibiotics and having some issues with temperature and her white blood cells. But Snowden wouldn’t run her if she was not right. She’s the winner.
It may not, though, be delusory rubbish to warn that my selection could bring about her downfall – empirical evidence is suggesting a disturbing link, validated by Speediness snatching defeat from the jaws of victory after the $29 had been secured in last Saturday’s feature, the George Ryder. That continued a disconcerting trend that is in to a second month of seconds!
So I’m treading on eggshells waiting for fate’s chocolate wheel to tip back my way.
Regardless of whether or not you elect to throw your hat in to the ring, Slipper Day demands attention and it has now grown in to a card littered with features. Here is a snippet of some of the day’s dilemmas:-
Like last week, the weather holds a key. The track is posted Slow7 today (Wednesday) and rain is around. Be wary.
SR1- 1400m, 2yo, G3 – interested in the toppy, Scratch Me Lucky. Emergency for the Slipper is a good line.
SR2- NEVILLE SELWOOD – 2000m, G3, SWP – Sydney Cup prospects on parade. Watch.
SR3- SEBRING – 1200m, G3, Quality – Good race. Spirit of Boom looks suited but there are plenty of chances. Bull Point is an interesting Acceptor – what’s happened there?
SR4- EMANCIPATION – 1500m, F+M, SW+P – Catkins is flying and will be deep in the red.
SR5- TULLOCH – 2000m, G2, SW, C+G – top 3 look the likeliest.
SR6- 2400M, WFA, G1, $1.5m! – hmmm…Fiorente and Dundeel??? Silent Achiever? How do you make sense of last week? Maybe you try the 2 or the 3 E/W.
SR7- 2000m, 3yo fillies, SW, G1 – sticking with Solicit (1) at the odds. Suavito will be an Oaks filly.
SR8- SLIPPER – 1200m, 2yo, SW, $3.5m – Earthquake
SR9- 1500m, G3, Quality – smart handicappers in a Doncaster “prelude”. 2.
Great card but, as I mentioned, the track condition must be taken in to account before investing.
As usual there are races all around the country and thus winners to be found – if you can help, add a comment.
I’m back on the bag at Flemington this week in the unlikely event that anyone heads out there for a bet!