Corey Brown has had some serious decision making to contend with after the connections of Golden Slipper starters Hot Snitzel and Salade both wanted the successful jockey to ride their horses in the 2011 Golden Slipper this Saturday April 2, 2011.
Hot Snitzels’ camp booked Corey Brown for the ride late last week, however, the jockey was hoping to switch to Salade after he rode the young colt to his debut win in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes last Saturday.
“I have put a lot of work into Salade and would like to be given the opportunity on him in the Slipper but if the connections of Hot Snitzel want me to honour the booking I will have to ride him,” Brown said.
Salade is looking primed for this weekend’s Golden Slipper after quickly recovering from his run in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes.
“He put his head straight in the bin when he got home and he was bright and bubbly [yesterday] so it is all systems go towards the Slipper,” Salade’s trainer Bart Cummings said.
“All of our horses improve from their first start so I’d say he will definitely benefit from the experience.”
Corey Brown is now reserved to the fact that he will be unable to ride the Group winning colt in Saturday’s $3.5 million Golden Slipper.
“It is an unfortunate situation because I have been sitting on the fence waiting for the right horse,” he said.
“We had been under pressure to take the ride and Hot Snitzel was a borderline chance of making the field.”
Hot Snitzel’s connections are confident that Hot Snitzel is a good chance for the 2011 Golden Slipper and that Corey Brown will ride him.
“We booked Corey for Hot Snitzel and he will be riding the horse in the Golden Slipper,” said Triple Crown Syndicate manager Michael Ward.
“He is the fresh horse on the scene and we are really looking forward to the week ahead.”
Salade will now be ridden by jockey Luke Nolen in the 2011 Golden Slipper this Saturday.