Friday, April 5, 2013

Rating the Slipper field

Criterion:

A colt out of 2008 Golden Slipper winner Sebring which has won the Black Opal and Todman Stakes at his past two starts. He will be ridden by Hugh Bowman after the jockeys who won on him took other rides. Has won on dead ground and expected to handle the wet.

Fast 'N' Rocking:

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This Fastnet Rock colt comes into the Slipper as a maiden. He has still earned more than $250,000 in stakes as runner-up in the Blue Diamond and Todman Stakes at his past two. Drawn wide in barrier 15 but will get back and flash home.

Kuroshio:

The first of Darley's three runners. Won a Blue Diamond Prelude but Peter Snowden opted not to send him around in Melbourne's biggest two-year-olds' race. He has led or been close to the lead at all his starts, so gate 16 might make it tough for him.

Sidestep:

Darley's jockey Kerrin McEvoy has elected to ride this Exceed And Excel colt after his impressive win in the Pago Pago Stakes last week. He lost interest mid-race before attacking the line to score and has had the blinkers added to keep him focused. Drawn well. Hard to beat.

I'm All The Talk:

He has had a name change since his Skyline Stakes win because his name was too close to a sprinter in Cloncurry. He is by Slipper winner Stratum and proven to be a flying machine. He will jump from gate 13 and will give them something to chase.

Whittington:

Gai Waterhouse has set him for the Slipper since winning the Breeders Plate by three lengths. His condition gave out in the Canonbury Stakes when run down in the last 50 metres but showed he was back to his best winning the Lonhro Plate. Nash Rawiller is looking for consecutive Slipper wins and a knockout hope.

Dothraki:

He looked home when he kicked clear in the Pago Pago Stakes last week but was run down by a smart one. Gerald Ryan believes if this fellow ever produces on race day what he does at trackwork, he would be unbeatable.

Charlie Boy:

A winner on debut beating two Slipper rivals. He had no luck in the Silver Slipper copping a couple of checks when third to Overreach on a heavy track. He was disappointing finishing fourth in the Todman when he led. Will handle the soft conditions and has each-way claims.

Va Pensiero:

The outsider of the field but take away his last-start failure in the Todman Stakes when he never got into the race, his form is good. He produced a devastating sprint to win his first-up run in February and pushed Whittington in the Lonhro Plate. Could be one for those punters looking for value.

Windjammer:

Has one second from three starts and looks safely held on his past two performances when he was a couple of lengths off his Slipper rivals. Trainer Bjorn Baker only decided to have a crack at the Slipper when it become obvious he would get a run.

Overreach:

The dominant favourite after sweeping to the easiest of victories in the Widden and Reisling stakes. She was beaten by Villa Verde at her first start in the spring but is more mature. Her two wins have come from the front and has gate one to hold the rails and dominate again.

Ruud Awakening:

This New Zealand filly is out to give the Shaky Isles their first Golden Slipper winner. The most experienced runner in the Slipper with five wins from six starts. She won the Karaka Millions and the group 1 Diamond Stakes at her past two. A leader, so the outside gate dampens her chances.

Sweet Idea:

The only winner on a heavy track in the race after she took out the Silver Slipper at her final lead-up to this. She has never finished further back than second in her five-race career, including being runner-up in the Magic Millions. Drawn to get the gun run and will be ridden by Jim Cassidy, who is in career-best form despite his burgeoning years.

Villa Verde:

Victorian filly which clearly had lengths on her rivals in the spring when she won twice. She couldn't match Overreach's turn of foot in the Reisling Stakes but looked to have plenty of improvement left in her. Likes to take a sit midfield and be charging home.

Guelph:

It has been six weeks since her last start when she disappointed as second favourite in the Blue Diamond. She had looked top class in two wins before that. Peter Snowden has put a tongue tie on for the Golden Slipper and could bob up at odds.

Romantic Moon:

A filly by More Than Ready, which has already produced two Golden Slipper winners. She has won two of her three starts, including coming down the centre of the track to win the Sweet Embrace Stakes. The worry is she failed to handle the heavy conditions in the Silver Slipper.

Havana:

Starcraft colt that nearly fell on debut, so that run can be totally disregarded. Had a good run in the Todman Stakes but was beaten into third. Others look to have his measure.

Il Cavallo:

Owners paid the $150,000 late entry after he broke the 900-metre course record at Sandown on debut on March 27. Obviously has speed to burn and will be right in the market if he gains a run.

 
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