Rain Dampens Sepoy’s Chances in 2011 Golden Slipper

March 31st, 2011

Heavy showers that hit Rosehill last night threaten to derail the Golden Slipper hopes of boom Blue Diamond winning colt Sepoy.

Sepoy was an odds on favourite in pre-post slipper betting before being beaten for the first time in the Todman Stakes on a wet track.

And following the downpour of rain that hit the Rosehill track yesterday, his quote has blown from $3.20 to $3.60.

The surface was rated a dead 4 when stewards inspected the track on Wednesday, however after receiving 4mm of rain overnight, the track has been downgraded to a dead 5 (as of midday Thursday).

The forecast for Sydney suggests that more rain may fall before Saturday, with an afternoon shower looking likely on the day of the race.

Although punters have been deserting Sepoy following his defeat to Smart Missile in the Todman, trainer Peter Snowden is not convinced that his horse should be written off if the track is wet.

“The fact that he fought back when Smart Missile came at him showed me the colt is still going well enough,” said Snowden.

“If Sepoy was no good (on rain affected ground), he’d have dropped right out of it…although having said that I just hope we get a dry track.

“I just don’t want to even think about the weather, a dead to slow track would be fine, but not a slow to heavy,” said Snowden.

Two men hoping for rain will be Anthony Cummings and John O’Shea.

Cummings trains Smart Missile who excelled on soft ground in the Todman, while O’Shea trains Elite Falls, who won the Reisling on a soft track and is a half-sister to Phelan Ready, who won the Golden Slipper on a wet track in 2009.