The $3.5 million Golden Slipper will be run this Saturday April 2, 2011, and new kid on the block Salade set tongues wagging after his brilliant first start performance in last Saturday’s Pago Pago Stakes at Rosehill.
The Bart Cummings-trained colt is now rated as a $15 chance at Luxbet to win the 2011 Golden Slipper.
Salade’s owner, Matthew Sandblom, was surprised to hear that his young colt was a Slipper chance.
“I didn’t hear much about him at the time and I asked ‘How is that Snitzel colt going?’ and (Bart Cummings) said ‘Oh yes we are going to win the Slipper with him’,” Mr Sandblom said.
Mr Sandblom admits to having a bit of a flutter on Salade in the Pago Pago Stakes, as well as in advance for the Golden Slipper.
“We had a little bit on him (in the Pago Pago Stakes) just to keep an interest and I did manage to get him at 300-1 in the Slipper a couple of weeks ago,” he said.
Salade’s camp is hoping that Salade’s prospects as a future stallion will be helped by his performance in the Group 1 Golden Slipper.
“There’s always a couple of stallions that come out of the field and that’s always the aim,” Mr Sandblom said.
Mr Sandblom is aware that if history is anything to go by then Salade is not in with much of a chance in this Saturday’s Golden Slipper.
Toy Show holds the record for winning the Slipper in the mid 1970’s with the least number of starts – three – and in the shortest turnaround – 31 days.
“History is certainly against us,” Mr Sandblom said.
However, Salade’s lightning win in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes last start, where he blitzed the field by 2.5 lengths, should instil a reasonable amount of confidence in his ability to perform.
“He did everything on the bridle and was never really asked to go,” Mr Sandblom said of Salade’s winning performance.
“He’s a good finisher and I think he’s got the sprint to be up there at the finish (in the Golden Slipper).”
Mr Sandblom said that thoroughbred racing is something that he has become interested in after dealing with trotters for the majority of his life.
“In the last decade or so I’ve started buying a few thoroughbreds here and there,” he said.
Salade was purchased from the Gold Coast Magic Millions Sales for a price of $65,000 and the young Snitzel colt has already provided his owners with almost a 100% profit after his first start.
Mr Sandblom believes that the best deals are to be had with the less expensive horses.
“Very expensive horses don’t guarantee you great results,” he said.
“He’s one of the cheapest things in the Slipper, so he’s up against horses worth $700,000-$800,000.”
Salade’s performance in the 2011 Golden Slipper will dictate where he will run next, however, his owner is hopeful of a successful Spring campaign.
“He might be a nice Guineas horse in the spring,” Mr Sandblom said.
The 2011 Golden Slipper will be run as Race 7 on Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse and is due to jump at 4.05pm (AEDST).