The Slipper. The showcase of the Sydney Autumn Carnival and the richest two year old race in the world has arrived. As always the Golden Slipper gives us a glimpse of the heroes of tomorrow and is the opportunity for our equine warriors to take part in a $3.5million dollar march through the legendary metropolis known as Rosehill Racecourse. In this racing heartland, on the first weekend of April, the racing gods allow a select group of horses one opportunity, one chance and often one moment to win this prestigious and holy race.
The Golden Slipper
This year, punters are only coming for one horse, the red hot filly Overreach. She is one of few to have won at both this track and distance. Her last two starts were won by the most emphatic of margins. Just like last years winner (her stablemate and our boy Pierro) she has pulled the highly sought after number 1 marble. This places her in the most successful barrier in Slipper history and she also comes out of the Slipper conquering Waterhouse stable. Overreach is a deservingly favorite, but in the quest for value and with the poor performance of favorites in the past we should be looking elsewhere.
Gai Waterhouse’s Sweet Idea
Look no further than stablemate and Magic Millions runner up Sweet Idea. Her 5 starts have been commendable, not once finishing outside the top two. The daughter of Snitzel has been in hiding since her last start (and win) over a month ago, and has only recently been seen in a barrier trial, which she won of course. As the heavens continue to open over Sydney her appeal strengthens with every drop as the only starter who is a proven winner on a heavy track. She should get a perfect run from gate 4 and at 15/1 she is the bet of the race. While the world has their eye on the short priced Overreach do not be surprised when you get your first glimpse of brown with white epaulettes, draped over The Pumper looming up the straight on Sweet Idea.
Sweet Idea is our Cinderella searching for that ever-elusive Golden Slipper. Will the shoe fit? I reckon it will (Rosehill R7 Win #13 @ 15/1)
Also, Keep an eye on these heavy track specials:
Rosehill R5, No.10: Hathras @ 10/1. Up in class but loves it wet.
Rosehill R6, No.8 & No.4: Pear Tart @ 41/1 and Red Tracer @ 9/1. These guys eat mud for breakfast. They are 8 from 8 between them in the heavy. Take on the mighty More Joyous if you dare!
Rosehill R8, No.11: Pierro. Why? Cause he is Pierro, that’s why.