17 of the country’s best two-year-olds have accepted for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse this Saturday April 2, 2011.
Bart Cummings’ Do You Think is the sole emergency for the Group 1 Golden Slipper, with the Starcraft colt’s $17,500 prize earnings not being enough to grant him a guaranteed start in the race.
Headlining the final field is Golden Slipper favourite Sepoy, who was beaten for the first time in his career in last start’s Group 2 Todman Stakes.
The Elusive Quality colt did not handle the wet track well, and his trainer, Peter Snowden, will be hoping the rain will hold off on Golden Slipper Day this Saturday.
”He pulled up as good as gold and I’m taking some positives out of the race,” Snowden said.
”The track cut up really quickly and he wasn’t happy at all on it, but you often see that horses that aren’t handling the going just give up, but not him.”
While Sepoy still holds favouritism for the races, his defeat has given hope to the rest of the field.
The talented Karuta Queen’s preparation towards the 2011 Golden Slipper is on track, despite having a Sepoy-like blunder in the Listed Black Opal, where she was beaten in an upset victory by Canny Lad.
The talented filly’s trainer, Neville Layt, is confident that she will be primed and ready for the 2011 Golden Slipper on Saturday.
”She’s on par to go to the Golden Slipper and that’s where she’ll be,” he said.
”I’ve had 100,000 calls today to say she hasn’t got enough prize money, she has got enough prize money and she will be assured of a start at the Golden Slipper.”
Peter Snowden has chosen to run his Group 2 Magic Nights winning filly Altar in the 2011 Golden Slipper over stablemates Aerobatics, Helmet and Anise.
The trainer had not previously planned to aim Altar at the world’s richest two-year-old race until her gutsy performance last start, which granted her automatic entry into the Golden Slipper field.
Also included in the 2011 Golden Slipper final field is Anthony Cummings’ Smart Missile, who dethroned Sepoy in the Group 2 Todman Stakes last start.
The Fastnet Rocket colt is now unbeaten from two starts and has firmed into second favourite in the 2011 Golden Slipper betting.
Bart Cummings’ Salade, Lee Freedman’s Masthead, Clarry Conners’ Satin Shoes and John O’Shea’s Elite Falls are also included in the talented 2011 Golden Slipper final field.