After the final field and barrier draws for the esteemed $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) were released today, all the pre-race attention has been drawn to favourites Sepoy and Smart Missile.
There are, however, a number of forgotten favourites in the 2011 Golden Slipper field that have their claims to cause an upset in the Autumn Racing Carnival feature this Saturday April 2.
Before suffering her first defeat at the hands of fellow Golden Slipper hopeful Elite Falls in the Reisling Stakes last start, Clarry Conners’ smart filly Satin Shoes was second-favourite in the Golden Slipper odds.
Having done everything right since winning on debut over 1000m at Randwick in October last year, Satin Shoes only slip up was the Reisling and after drawing favourably with barrier two for the Slipper, the punters have been harsh not to get behind her.
The other filly that was at one time a top fancy to win the Golden Slipper is Karuta Queen.
Neville Layt’s well-bred daughter of Not A Single doubt stormed into Golden Slipper contention winning her first four career starts in an ongoing and effortless display of talent.
Karuta Queen’s victories included the Wyong and Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classics.
After blitzing a barrier trial at Canberra by a stunning 13 ½ lengths in late February, Karuta Queen looked set to bring a very real challenge to Sepoy when the pair faced off in the Golden Slipper.
However, all that came crashing down when Karuta Queen finished 1 ½ lengths behind You’re Canny in the Listed Black Opal Stakes (1200m) at Canberra on Sunday March 13.
Karuta Queen’s woes worsened with the Golden Slipper barrier draw today where she came up with gate 13, the sole barrier yet to produce a Golden Slipper winner.
With emergency Do You Think (barrier nine) not gaining a start on Saturday, however, Karuta Queen will move into barrier 12 and the horror 13 start will be handed down to the Peter Snowden-trained Altar.
The widest Karuta Queen has jumped from to date is barrier nine, which she started from on debut to win a 1100m at Rosehill by four lengths.
Bookmakers currently have Karuta Queen as an $18 chance for the Golden Slipper win and considering she remains unbeaten at Rosehill and drops back 1.5kg in weight from the 56kg she carried in the Black Opal, she remains an under-the-radar chance.
The 2011 AAMI Golden Slipper is scheduled to run as Rosehill Race 7 on Saturday.