Fri, Feb 17, 8:24am by Staff Writer
It’s Group 2 Silver Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday and with the Golden Slipper itself only four weeks away, a few of those high in betting will meet on Saturday in one of the lead ups to the big one.
The last horse to win the Silver/Golden Slipper double was Pierro in 2012 and a field of seven will line up this year in the hope of doing the same in Race 5 on Saturday. Gary Portelli’s She Will Reign is the $1.60 favourite for this Saturday and also sits at the top of betting for the Golden Slipper. She’s got two decisive wins against her name – one by 8.3L the other by 4L – with her most recent trial resulting in a 9L romp. Godolphin’s Veranillo ($6) is also two from two but is already one run into his prep. He was an impressive last start winner at Randwick when beating Exceeds, with Brenton Avdulla taking over from James Doyle who is on the sideline injured. Khan ($4.60) has been at the top of Golden Slipper betting since his win in the Listed Breeders’ Plate (1000m) – a race which Pierro also won – and he gets the services of Kerrin McEvoy with Blake Shinn unavailable.
The three-year-olds do battle in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m – Race 6) – coincidentally, a race which Pierro also won. Chris Waller won the race last year with Press Statement and this year he’ll saddle up Comin Through and Veladero. Comin Through ($4.20) missed a place for the first time in his four race-career last start in the G3 Eskimo Prince (1200m) but his run was more than sound when beaten 1.3L to fifth. Man from Uncle ($6) was the winner on that occasion when first-up after finishing third – by 0.4L – at Flemington on Stakes Day. Waller’s Veladero ($7.50) is second-up and has finished fourth at his last three starts which come after putting three straight wins together before that.
Prized Icon ($4.40) resumes on Saturday and already has a Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) and VRC Derby (2500m) to his name. He opened as favourite but has drifted with strong support for Comin Through while Acatour ($11) was specked at odds as soon as markets opened.
A field of thirteen line up in Race 7 the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) – a set weights and penalties for fillies and mares, with Group 1 winning mare Single Gaze ($15) allotted top weight of 58kg.
In Her Time ($8.50) was tough when winning last start and that made it three straight victories although she’s been done no favours with the barrier draw – drawing 11. Artistry ($7.50), Euro Angel ($6) and Denmagic ($5.50) are vying for favouritism in a wide market while Private Secretary ($8.50) returns from a win at the Magic Millions carnival on the Gold Coast. She rattled home on that occasion to pip I Am Zelady ($16) who has since disappointed but if she’s fired up in the yard, that would be a good sign for her trainer Joe Pride.
Daysee Doom ($9) resumes as she looks to add to her impressive record of five wins from seven starts while Circular ($17) and French Emotion ($18) will enjoy the step up in distance. It really is one of the most open affairs of the day.
Suggested Bet: Back Comin Through to win at $4.20.
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