With the strong record of colts in the annual Golden Slipper showdown, betting markets for the $3.5 million Rosehill feature tomorrow continue to fancy the colts in the 2011 Golden Slipper field.
Rosehill Race 7, the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m), attracted 17 entries in total at acceptance stage this year with 16 starters plus one emergency.
The Golden Slipper field is made up this year of six colts (seven counting emergency Do You Think), nine fillies and just one gelding.
Looking at the past history of Golden Slipper winners, the world’s richest race for two-year-olds has been won by 24 colts, fillies just one behind with 23 winners and geldings having the worst record with just seven Golden Slipper wins.
Colts in the 2011 Golden Slipper field are:
- #1 Sepoy (Peter Snowden)
- #2 Smart Missile (Anthony Cummings)
- #3 Running Tall (Danny O’Brien)
- #4 Foxwedge (John O’Shea)
- #5 Masthead (Lee Freedman)
- #6 Salade (Bart Cummings)
- 1st Emergency #17 Do You Think (Bart Cummings)
Of these Golden Slipper hopefuls, three occupy the top odds in the markets with Sepoy ($3.60), Smart Missile ($4.40) and Foxwedge ($8).
After drawing awkwardly with barrier 10 and having been defeated by Smart Missile in the Todman Stakes last start, Sepoy continues to ease in his favouritism to become the Golden Slipper winner.
History is also against the Blue Diamond Stakes winner as his trainer Peter Snowden is yet to prepare a Golden Slipper winner and favourites have a less than impressive record with only 16 saluting since the Golden Slipper was first run in 1957.
Anthony Cummings’ Smart Missile, on the other hand, is a market firmer having been backed in from $4.60 to $4.40 to claim another upset over Sepoy this time in the ultimate two-year-olds’ arena, the Golden Slipper.
Smart Missile also gains an advantage with Glen Boss in the mount, the most successful jockey in this year’s Slipper having ridden two previous winners with the last favourite to win Sebring (2008) and Flying Spur (1995).
Third favourite in the Slipper betting is the John O’Shea-trained Foxwedge.
A progressive son of Fastnet Rock, Foxwedge has remained steady in the Slipper markets at a price of $8.
The 2011 AAMI Golden Slipper is set to run at 4:05pm (AEDST) on Saturday as one of five Group 1 Rosehill features on the card.