Smart Missile has firmed even further into second favouritism after drawing barrier five today for the 2011 Golden Slipper this Saturday April 2, 2011.
The Fastnet Rocket colt won his last start in the Group 2 Todman Stakes against the current Golden Slipper favourite Sepoy, who was unable to handle the wet weather.
Smart Missile has now won both of his two career starts, including the Listed NSW Breeders Plate at Randwick on October 2, 2011.
Anthony Cummings is more than happy with the Smart Missile’s progress and is thrilled about his barrier draw.
“We came here hoping to get between barrier five and 10, so I’m happy.”
Cummings believes that his colt has the talent to out-run and out-class the rest of the 2011 Golden Slipper field if his trackwork is anything to go on.
“His work was spectacular. I think it was one of the few times in 20-odd years that I’ve been going out there that the [trainers’] room was full of people and there was stone silence,” Cummings said.
“There’s a lot of blokes there you couldn’t shut them up in a storm, so it took something to quiet them down.”
Cummings is also confident that the weather will make no different to the unbeaten Smart Missile come Saturday’s Golden Slipper.
“For the spectacle of the whole thing and the fact we will be backing him up the week after, I would prefer to be on top of the ground, but I don’t think it makes any difference to him and if it affects some of the others adversely, maybe we’re better off with a wet track,” he said.
Smart Missile will be ridden by jockey Glen Boss in the 2011 Golden Slipper and will carry the set 56.5 kilograms for colts and geldings.
The Group 1 Golden Slipper will headline Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill this Saturday and will be one of nine Group races run on the day.