In fact the favourite was never in the race, being ridden further back in the field as an experiment today but you can bet they won’t do it again with the horse performing 100 times better when run on the pace.
It wasn’t the only questionable ride either with second favourite Blackie somehow managing to end up mid-field, three wide without cover after jumping from gate six.
From the jump Shootoff went to the front with Space Satation and they set the tempo early but slowed the pace right down after about 600m.
That left Fast Clip is the perfect spot one back on the rails with I Think I Do in close quaters and Retrieve behind them.
As they made the turn for home Shoot Off had taken up the lead and was running strongly with Fast Clip presented with a run and all the main contenders having their chance.
Blackie had nothing left after putting in so much needless work and Retrieve just doesn’t have the closing kick of genuine home strait horse.
Fast Clip grabbed the lead in the final 400m and was never going to lose the race from a fast finishing I Think I Do in second place.
Shoot Off had a last minute betting plunge from punters and did enough to give some reward with third place.
This race hasn’t done a lot to make things clear for the Darby and if anything has made it more difficult with good runs from the winners but plenty of excuses available for the two favourites after either poor rides or poor pre-race instructions.
Gai Waterhouse said this was ‘such an exciting horse’ but was leaning towards a spell rather than continuing further into the season.
Jockey Nash Rawiller may have something to say about that though with big wraps on the horse and hopes of a Darby ride.
“We thought going into the race there was a possibility he was vulnerbale but he relaxed beautifully and showed a really good turn of foot,” rawiller said.
When asked if he’d try and talk Waterhouse out of spelling the horse he said, “that’s something we’ll need to discuss later”.
Tulloch Stakes Results – 2011 Golden Slipper Day
|01||3.FAST CLIP||$8.00||4||90.00||56||Nash Rawiller||Gai Waterhouse|
|02||6.I THINK I DO||1.8||$21.00||5||69.00||56||Nicholas Hall||Bart Cummings|
|03||7.SHOOTOFF (NZ)||2.2||$41.00||11||69.00||56||Chris Munce||Graeme Rogerson|
|04||4.SHADOWS IN THE SUN||2.5||$31.00||1||80.00||56||Craig Williams||Anthony Cummings|
|05||11.KING GLADIATOR||2.7||$41.00||2||63.00||56||Hugh Bowman||Chris Waller|
|06||1.RETRIEVE||3.1||$1.70F||3||103.00||56||Kerrin McEvoy||Peter Snowden|
|07||2.BLACKIE (NZ)||3.4||$6.00||6||93.00||56||Brad Rawiller||Michael Kent|
|08||9.SHADOWOFEXCELLENCE||6.3||$20.00||8||67.00||56||Corey Brown||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes|
|09||8.MUIRFIELD (NZ)||9.2||$15.00||9||67.00||56||Michael Rodd||Michael Moroney|
|10||10.STRAIGHT ALBERT||10.8||$61.00||7||65.00||56||Peter Wells||Michael Dobie|
|11||12.SPACE STATION||17||$201.00||10||55.00||56||Rod Quinn||Bede Murray|
|SC||5.MAULES CREEK||NA||71.00||56||Jim Cassidy||John P Thompson|