The $3.5 million Golden Slipper will be the best of nine brilliant races run at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday April 2, 2011.
John Messara, Australia’s best known stud proprietor, believes the Golden Slipper is one of Australia’s most important races in terms of breeding, especially for the colts in the race.
“From the point of view of a future stallion, the Golden Slipper is the race to win in this country,” he said.
“The whole Australian breeding industry is centred on the Golden Slipper.”
A horse that wins the Golden Slipper has to possess certain qualities, not just the ability to run a fast 1200m.
“It’s said that it’s only a test of speed for immature horses, but it’s also a pressure race,” Mr Messara said.
“They need speed, but also courage and a good constitution to win it.”
Mr Messara feels that the Golden Slipper is greatly responsible for the success of the country’s breeding industry.
“As a result of that, Australia is producing the best sprinters in the world.”
The 2011 Golden Slipper is due to jump at 4.05pm (AEDST) in Race 7 on Golden Slipper Day this Saturday.
Form of 2011 Golden Slipper Favourites:
5th race this prep
Sepoy was defeated in the wet last start and will be hoping for a dry track for Saturday’s race. While he is still the favourite, his failed last start proves that he is not exactly unbeatable.
#2 Smart Missile:
Smart Missile dethroned Sepoy in his last start, giving hope to the rest of the Slipper field. He will most certainly be even fitter here and has been reported to be in perfect form in trackwork.
3rd race this prep
Foxwedge didn’t seem to like the slow track or the wet weather, like Sepoy, in the Todman Stakes last start. He will be a major threat should the track be dry.
He may have a tough gate but he proved in his first-up run in the Pago Pago Stakes that he is incredibly talented. He will have taken great experience and fitness from his last run and is sure to give the rest of the Golden Slipper field a run for their money here.
#8 Satin Shoes:
4th race this prep
Satin Shoes has drawn best of the Slipper favourites in barrier two. She was unable to run on late against Elite Falls last start in the Riesling Stakes which makes you wonder whether she’s not quite up to the 1,200 metre distance just yet.
#9 Elite Falls:
4th race this prep
Elite Falls will most likely be forced to sit a long way back due to her wide barrier draw of 16 which will make her task even harder. However, she came from a long way back in the Silver Slipper to finish in second, so it can be done.
#10 Karuta Queen:
6th race this prep
Karuta Queen finished second last start after pulling up lame. Apart from her last start she has perfect form and her trainer has reported that she is in better form that when she won the Magic Millions by almost three lengths!