They’ve been going at it throughout their entire preparation this year but for the first time the star fillies Satin Shoes and Elite Falls won’t have things all their own way when they reach the 2011 Golden Slipper.
Their amazing dual has seen them finish one – two in their past three races, each accounting for plenty of good quality horses along the way.
At the end of round three when you look at the results you see Satin Shoes has the best record winning two of the three contests but Elite Falls claimed perhaps the most important victory, winning last start on the Rosehill track.
It all began on February 12th this year when both fillies began their Autumn preparations in the Widden Stakes at Randwick.
Satin Shoes went into the race as huge odds on favourite with Elite Falls down the line of betting at around the $10 mark.
From barrier one Satin Shoes went straight to the lead and was never genuinely threatened claiming the race by a length from a strong finishing Elite Falls in second.
From there they moved to the Silver Slipper at Rosehill where they would be judged as genuine Golden Slipper hopefuls for the first time.
Satin Shoes got another friendly barrier (6) and in a replay of the last race took the lead by the first turn as a short priced favourite.
She held on down the strait and won the race by half a length but eyebrows were raised after the $10 Elite Falls hit the line a lot stronger than her rival in claiming another clear second place.
When they went into their last start contest, the Reisling Stakes, punters were predicting the downfall of the unbeaten Satin Shoes with a slow track and an all important extra 100m in the journey.
When they jumped Satin Shoes was again favourite but Elite Falls was at her shortest price ever.
As we’d come to expect Satin Shoes took the lead and half way down the strait came the charging Elite Falls.
This time however she flew right past her opponent to record the biggest winning margin between the two fillies at 1.5 lengths.
That brings us to the 2011 Golden Slipper where for the first time the attention isn’t on their rivalry as much as it’s on the big name colts.
Satin Shoes claimed yet another positive barrier taking gate 2 while Elite Falls will start from her worst position, 16.
It’s not the be all an end all though because while Satin Shoes will be able to run her perfect race from out in front, Elite Falls is accustomed to coming from the tail of the field.
Plenty have said the wet track is to blame for stopping Satin Shoes last start but in reality the extra 100m was far more vital.
In their second meeting Elite Falls would have won that race even on a good track had she had the extra metres in the trip.
While their form is almost impossible to accurately compare to their male rivals, both these fillies probably have an equal chance coming into the race.
Were it not for her prime barrier Satin Shoes may have been a lesser hope but she’ll have the run of the race with Elite Falls needing plenty of luck and a perfect ride from Jim Cassidy.
Having said that the form has to point towards Elite Falls and if she’s gets a run in the final 400m she certainly won’t be losing ground.
Punters tend to agree with the theory with both horses paying around $11 according to the latest Luxbet.com odds.
Whatever happens in the 2011 Golden Slipper the battle of these two fillies is worth watching alone.
They’ve contested three tough rounds already, but the fourth and final round could be headed for a knockout blow.