Sepoy is still the favourite for the 2011 Golden Slipper this Saturday April 2, 2011, despite stumbling in a Group 2 Todman Stakes defeat last start.
The two-year-old Elusive Quality colt was unbeaten after his first four runs, winning the Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes and all three legs of the Blue Diamond.
While Sepoy is now an easing favourite for the $3.5 million Golden Slipper, he still remains at $3.30 at Luxbet.
Sepoy’s jockey, Kerrin McEvoy, is certain that Sepoy’s disappointing performance in the $300,000 Todman Stakes was due to the rain.
“He never travelled at all from the 600 when the pressure went on,” McEvoy said.
“He never handled the ground at all; he just didn’t travel in it.”
Sepoy’s camp will be hoping that any bad weather holds off for Saturday’s Golden Slipper, in order to give their horse the best chance of winning.
However, regardless of Sepoy’s blunder in the Todman Stakes, his opposition are still more than weary of the talented colt.
Corey Brown, who will be riding Hot Snitzel in the 2011 Golden Slipper, realises just how dangerous Sepoy will be should the track be rated as either good or dead come Golden Slipper Day.
“I think he’s better on top of the ground,” Brown said of Sepoy’s last start performance.
“He was off the bridle at the 600m and not comfortable the whole way.”
Corey Brown recognises the magnitude of Sepoy’s efforts in the rain.
“Despite (the rain), he still had the audacity to run second,” he said.
“He’s definitely got a couple of lengths on anything I’ve seen.”
The 2011 Golden Slipper will run as Race 7 at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse this Saturday at 4.05pm (AEDST).