John O’Shea heads into the 2011 Golden Slipper with two of the top four runners in betting, and he could not be more confident.
O’Shea will start Foxwedge and Elite Falls in the world’s richest race for two year olds, and believes his two-pronged attack can land him his first Golden Slipper.
“Sepoy will push forward and we will be on his back with Foxwedge, while the filly (Elite Falls) will be charging home,” said O’Shea.
Elite Falls firmed in Slipper betting after a dominant performance in the Reisling Stakes, one of the traditional lead in events to the Slippper.
“She’s an unassuming horse. The slipper wasn’t on the cards for her, but about a month ago I started to think she was in the mix,” said O’Shea.
Fowedge on the other hand suffered defeat for the first time in the Todman Stakes, finishing third behind Smart Missile and Sepoy.
“He was a bit unlucky in the Todman.
“He ended up on the inside and lost all momentum. As it turned out later in the day, the fence was no good,” said O’Shea.
The closest O’Shea has come to a victory in the Golden Slipper was in 2004 with Charge Forward, who finished second behind Dance Hero.
“When Charge Forward got beat I was devastated,” said O’Shea.
O’Shea has a major chance to erase that disappointment this year with Foxwedge ($8.00), who will be ridden by Nash Rawiller and Elite Falls ($11.00) who will be ridden by Jim Cassidy.