Time to do some “Golden Slipper Dreaming” and the plan is to have our TRL Owners trackside at Rosehill Gardens this time next year at the richest two-year-old race in the world cheering on one or even more of their horses. There’s much to happen, much to go right…but you OWN some quality horse flesh, who are currently being well educated, will be well trained and we like to dream big at The Racing League. So much rides on the Slipper, if you own a colt who wins it’s instantly worth $30million while a fillies price also skyrockets. No other race shapes Australia’s breeding industry like a Golden Slipper.
Let’s have a look at some of the key links for TRL owners for the Slipper.
TRL SLIPPER CONNECTIONS
Owners of The Racing League were lucky enough to pick-up the half-sister (Hellbent/Fimatino filly) to Shaquero two days before he came out and won the Magic Millions. Now Shaquero has made it to the final field of the Slipper drawing terribly in barrier 15, he’ll jump, try and cross the field and has proved he’s in for the fight on the big stage, but will need enormous luck.
With the rain expected I’m happy to be with Stay Inside, one of two runners for Tycoons’ trainer combo Michael and Richard Freedman he’s drawn beautifully in barrier 3 and should get the run of the race.
Vic Husslers trainer Mick Price has the other favourite Profiteer, who’s also drawn well in gate 5, Profiteer will make his own luck and with Hugh Bowman in the saddle is sure to be popular with punters.
Don’t forget Gai Waterhouse, she’s won the Slipper a remarkable 7 times, so don’t leave Swift Witness out of your multiples…simply because it’s trained by Gai.
Bet: Stay Inside (Eachway)
Save: Shaquero (Tycoons own the half-sister)
MOONEE VALLEY LIGHTS UP
The feature meeting for Vic Husslers owners is Friday night under lights at Moonee Valley for the running of the $500,000 Group 1 William Reid Stakes. Some of the land’s fastest horses have won the William Reid, many TRL owners will remember the mighty Manikato who won an incredible FIVE successive William Reid’s from 1979 – 83.
Pippie represents great value in Friday night’s edition. To be fair she was disappointing last start down the straight at Flemington in the Lightning, she’s been freshened since that run, had a nice trial win and likes Moonee Valley. Add to that she’s by boom sire Written Tycoon – just like the Vic Husslers (Written Tycoon/Tornado) colt bought at the Magic Millions, who’s impressing all at Emeran Park.
BET: PIPPIE E/W
It’s Mornington Cup day on Saturday and Vic Husslers trainer Matt Cumani has an outstanding chance at good odds in the big race. San Huberto is coming off a great run in the Australian Cup, where the speed was slow but he finished with the best sectionals.
Cumani has him fit for the 2400m of the Cup (Race 7) and he’s already been specked in the early betting.
BET: San Huberto E/W
EAGLE FARM RETURN
It’s very much the lull before the Winter Carnival ramps up with a low key return to Eagle Farm. Qld Rogues trainer Tony Gollan will still be on a high after his Group 1 success in Sydney last with Krone winning the Coolmore.
Tony trains All Important in Race 6, it’s drawn a bad gate and will need a good ride from apprentice Alex Patis but does have the advantage of her 3kg claim.
BET: All Important
BABIES TO SHINE AT ASCOT
Big money on offer at Ascot this weekend with the running of feature races, the Gimcrack Stakes (1100m) for 2yo fillies and the Perth Stakes (1100m) for colts and geldings. WA Black Hearts trainer Simon Miller will be looking to build on his giant killing way with Liwa in the Gimcrack (Race 8). Liwa won at big odds last start at Ascot, jockey Patrick Carbery stays on board and she can repeat the dose…although she’s now well found in the market.