Neville Layt has nothing but excitement for tomorrow’s Golden Slipper on April 2, 2011, when his talented filly Karuta Queen will attempt to win the $3.5 million race.
The Queanbeyan-based trainer is overjoyed to have the opportunity to have a horse in such a highly regarded race such as the Group 1 Golden Slipper.
“It’s our greatest two-year-old race in Australia and I’m honoured to have the highest prize money earner in the race,” Layt said.
“Just to have her there is a big honour.”
The 67-year-old trainer does not understand why the public lost faith in his winning filly after her shock defeat in the Listed Black Opal last start.
“She hasn’t done anything wrong other than one defeat and probably if she won the Black Opal last start she would be one of the co-favourites,” Layt said.
“That’s all it comes down to, she got beaten in the Opal but the little filly is back to where she was before then.”
Layt is confident that his classy filly is back to her best form and will be the one to beat in tomorrow’s Golden Slipper.
“I think she’s better than before the Magic Millions,” he said.
Despite having to contend with a less than impressive barrier draw (13), Layt believes Karuta Queen will come through with the goods in the 2011 Golden Slipper.
“But the great part about my filly is that she is going to be up out of trouble on the speed,” he said
“… and what a great little story if we turn it around and pull it off, us battlers from Queanbeyan up against those big blokes from Sydney.”
The 2011 Golden Slipper will feature as Race 7 at Rosehill Gardens tomorrow and will feature a full field of 16 two-year-olds.