Rosehill Track and Weather Conditions for 2011 Golden Slipper Day

April 1st, 2011

The Rosehill track has been graded a Dead 5 for the 2011 Golden Slipper day.

And with the predictions for showers on Saturday being scaled back it is looking like being a dead track on the day of the big race.

The current penetrometer reading is 5.25, meaning if the weather stays clear there is unlikely to be a downgrading of the track.

Showers that passed over the track on Wednesday night, coupled with predicted showers for the weekend had many fearing this year’s Golden Slipper meeting would resemble the Super Saturday of 2009 which took place on a very heavy track.

However the track has received just 1mm of rain since Wednesday, indicating punters and horses alike will be presented with a true racing surface.

This will come as good news to Peter Snowden, who trains Golden Slipper favourite Sepoy.

Sepoy was a raging Golden Slipper favourite in pre-post betting until he was beaten by Smart Missile in the Todman Stakes on a wet track.

“I just don’t want to even think about the weather, a dead to slow track would be fine, but not a slow to heavy,” said Snowden.

Sepoy’s jockey Kerrin McEvoy confirmed that his mount is unsuited by wet tracks after the Todman.

“He was never travelling in the wet ground and was under pressure a long way from home,” said McEvoy.