Thu, Mar 22, 1:55pm by Staff Writer
It’s day two of the Rosehill carnival on Saturday with the Golden Slipper, one of a massive five Group 1’s for the day. The rail is out two-metres from last week and with rain during the week, the track was a soft-6 at acceptances – with further rain forecast leading into race day.
The Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) is generally a race full of intrigue and this year is certainly no exception. Blue Diamond winner and undefeated colt, Written By ($5) and Magic Millions-winning filly Sunlight ($4) both back up after taking out their respective events last week as they look to take their unbeaten streak to five and six respectively. The colt has drawn barrier four while the filly is next door in three.
Performer ($10) has been held in high regard by many punters and he’s been near or at the top of Golden Slipper markets since betting opened but he’s off a last start ‘Lost Rider’ and comes into this off winning a barrier trial where he wore blinkers for the first time.
Estijaab ($12) went down narrowly to Sunlight two starts back before starting as a hot odds-on favourite last start when just winning narrowly herself.
Santos ($9.50) was impressive when resuming from a spell then like Estijaab won narrowly when winning second-up but he’s had three weeks since that victory and a win for the colt would give Gai Waterhouse her seventh win in the Slipper.
Almyerton ($18) and Ef Troop ($20) finished one-two in the race where Performer threw Hugh Bowman while Sandbar ($13) is an under rated horse who made Written By earn his win last week, and they put a gap to third.
There has been solid support for Seabrook ($9) since a strong piece of track work last weekend and she caught the eye when taking out the G2 Sweet Embrace (1200m) last start on a soft-5 beating Fiesta ($18) who was impressive when first-up. Along with Seabrook Mick Price saddles up Prairie Fire ($41), Enbihaar ($41) and Long Leaf ($71) also come up from Melbourne while stable mate to the favourite Oohood ($26) is the only maiden in the final 16 – although fourth emergency Spin ($91) is also yet to crack it for a win.
A field of six will line up in the Group 1 George Ryder (1500m) with Winx ($1.10) looking for her third consecutive victory in the race. Gun three-year-old and G1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) winner Kementari ($7.50) throws some interest into the race as he heads towards a G1 Doncaster Mile with last start winner Happy Clapper ($14) also lining up here on his way to the ‘Donnie’.
The Group 1 Galaxy (1100m) has attracted a capacity field with the weather likely to play a major part in this race, especially given Jungle Edge’s ($4) form on rain-affected surfaces and how well he returned last start on the dry behind Redzel.
In Her Time ($4.40) is as tough as they get and perhaps still a slightly under rated sprinter even though she boasts seven wins and four minors from her 17 career starts, with nearly $1.5m in prize money to boot.
Last start winner Secret Agenda ($13) leads a Melbourne contingent of runners (and dual acceptors) including Snitty Kitty ($7.50), Supido ($16) and Thronum ($20) while Viridine ($5.50) and English ($14) come into this after finishing fourth and fifth behind Redzel and Jungle Edge in the G2 Challenge (1000m). Ball of Muscle ($34) generally goes well with a bit of give in the ground while Le Romain ($31) carries top weight as he resumes from a break for Kris Lees.
Gailo Chop ($1.80) is the odds-on favourite for the G1 Ranvet (2000m) after two wins and second from his three runs this campaign, and he was supported in betting earlier in the week for this event. The Hayes/Dabernig pair of Harlem ($11) and Ventura Storm ($14) finished either side of Gailo Chop last start while Single Gaze ($7) is a tough little mare who’s racing well in top company.
The Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) is the other major for the day with Ace High ($4.60) topping the market of Derby hopefuls in one of the final lead ups to the 3YO classic in two weeks.
Suggested Bet: The Rosehill Guineas looks a competitive enough race – with a few Kiwi’s throwing something extra into the mix – but although he’s favourite, the $4.60 looks a nice price for Ace High (race 6, number 1). He’s been working away nicely at his first three runs this campaign and now he’s fourth-up and over 2000m, he should be ready to give a great winning sight.
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