The first and only emergency in today’s 2011 Golden Slipper field, Do You Think has officially been scratched from the $3.5 million showdown leaving a capacity line-up of 16 star two-year-olds vying for the title of Golden Slipper winner.
One of the best backed runners in the Golden Slipper odds, the Bart Cummings-trained Starcraft colt Do You Think was rated a $31 chance at making the Golden Slipper field and scoring an upset win.
Do You Think, however, has been withdrawn from the Slipper with Cummings set to run the last-start Canterbury winner in Rosehill Race 1 instead.
The emergency drew gate nine in the Golden Slipper barrier draw meaning that race favourite Sepoy will now start from a single-digit barrier with nine.
The $125,000 Group 3 The Schweppervescence (1400m) is the first of nine Group races running at Rosehill’s Golden Slipper Day this afternoon and will get the action underway at 11:50am (AEDST).
Do You Think will start the clear favourite to win Golden Slipper Day’s opening event, despite drawing wide in barrier 11 for his second career start.
Cummings will still be represented in the 2011 Golden Slipper by two of his stable juveniles with #6 Salade and #16 Empress Rock.
Promising Snitzel colt Salade is rated the Cups King’s best chance of breaking a 32 year Golden Slipper drought.
Salade debuted with a stunning 2 ½ length win in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill just seven days ago, the victory gaining him an automatic entry into the 2011 Golden Slipper field.
Despite his inexperience, Salade is still one of the top fancies in Golden Slipper betting paying $15 to become the most lightly-raced Golden Slipper winner in history.
Salade will jump from barrier 11 in the Slipper.
Cummings’ second Slipper hopeful Empress Rock is a $61 roughie in the market, set to jump from barrier three with Michael Rodd in the mount.
The Fastnet Rock filly has had one start for one win to date over 1000m at Warwick Farm by three lengths on March 27.
Although having had just one race start prior to taking on the Slipper assignment, Cummings in confident his duo are well-prepared.
“Mine (Golden Slipper starters) have probably had even more preparation than some of the others,” Cummings said.
The 2011 AAMI Golden Slipper is scheduled as Race 7 today at 4:05pm (AEDST).