One time Golden Slipper favourite Karuta Queen is in top condition heading into the world’s richest two year old race with trainer Neville Layt declaring “She’s worked the place down.”
The Magic Millions winner suffered a shock defeat in the Black Opal at Canberra on March 13, however Layt has been thrilled with her work in the lead up to the Golden Slipper.
Karuta Queen was given a track gallop on the Queanbeyan course on Tuesday morning where she clocked a sensational 32.7 seconds for her last 600m.
“She’s even worked better than when she went into the Magic Millions,” said Layt.
“Up on the Gold Coast (in the Magic Millions) she ran 33.1 seconds for the last 600m and still won by two lengths.
“And she’s pulled up clean winded and wasn’t blowing at all,” said Layt.
Karuta Queen burst onto the racing scene late last year when she won a barrier trial by 20 lengths.
Following that she won her first four trips to the races before tasting defeat for the first time in the Black Opal, where she ran a gallant second behind You’re Canny.
Neville Layt also confirmed that he was not overly worried with the fact that his star filly had drawn gate 13 of 16.
“I’m not overly concerned. I’m out there with some of the better chances.
“She’ll press forward early, as she always does, just to try and get into a position somewhere out of trouble,” said Layt.
Karuta Queen will be looking to emulate the feats of Phelan Ready, who completed the Magic Millions/Golden Slipper double in 2009.
Karuta Queen has been backed into $15 for the 2011 Golden Slipper.