Clarry Conners’ star filly Satin Shoes is back in Golden Slipper contention after drawing ideally with barrier two for the world’s richest race for two-year-olds running at Rosehill this Saturday April 2.
The daughter of Flying Spur once sat second behind Sepoy in the Golden Slipper odds, her firming favouritism with the punters due to the sensational start to her career.
Winning her first three races including the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m), Satin Shoes magic run eventually came to an end when she was beaten 1 ¼ lengths by Elite Falls in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on March 19.
That day Sepoy also suffered his first career defeat when the Anthony Cummings-trained Smart Missile bought an end to the Golden Slipper favourite’s flawless record with an upset in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m).
While Sepoy maintained his spot at the top of the Golden Slipper markets only drifting out slightly following the defeat, Satin Shoes was harshly abandoned by the punters blowing out to a double-figure outsider.
Now Satin Shoes is back on target to present a real danger to her Slipper rivals on Saturday with her nice barrier two draw.
The last Golden Slipper winner to jump from barrier two was the Gai Waterhouse-trained Dance Hero back in 2004 who won in a record time of 1:08.60.
One of the industry’s most successful trainers, Conners is seeking his fifth Golden Slipper success having won with Belle du Jour (2000), Prowl (1998), Burst (1992) and Tierce (1991).
The other filly to come up trumps in this year’s Golden Slipper barrier draw was the Leon Corstens-trained Mosheen who will have the inside running from gate one.
Barrier one has produced two Golden Slipper winners in the past five years with Crystal Lily jumping from gate one 12 months ago and the John Hawkes-trained Forensics in 2007.
The John O’Shea-trained More Than Ready filly Elite Falls, who beat Satin Shoes in the Reisling last start, suffered a blow with a wide barrier 16 draw as did one-time favourite Karuta Queen (13) and the Peter Snowden-trained Altar (14).
Before the barrier draw Elite Falls was the fourth favourite in the Golden Slipper markets at a quote of around $10 following Sepoy, Smart Missile and stablemate Foxwedge.
Fellow O’Shea-trained Foxwedge also drew unsuitably wide for the Slipper, the Fastnet Rock colt coming up with barrier 11 one outside of the easing favourite Sepoy in 10.
The full 2011 Golden Slipper Field, Barriers & Weights can be found below.
|1.||SEPOY||10||Kerrin McEvoy||Peter Snowden||56.5kg|
|2.||SMART MISSILE||5||Glen Boss||Anthony Cummings||56.5kg|
|3.||RUNNING TALL||8||Dwayne Dunn||Danny O’Brien||56.5kg|
|4.||FOXWEDGE||11||Nash Rawiller||John O’Shea||56.5kg|
|7.||HOT SNITZEL||7||Corey Brown||Gerald Ryan||56.5kg|
|8.||SATIN SHOES||2||Hugh Bowman||Clarry Conners||54.5kg|
|9.||ELITE FALLS||16||Jim Cassidy||John O’Shea||54.5kg|
|10.||KARUTA QUEEN||13||Tommy Berry||Neville Layt||54.5kg|
|11.||ALTAR||14||Josh Parr||Peter Snowden||54.5kg|
|12.||SHARED REFELCTIONS||6||Damien Oliver||Gai Waterhouse||54.5kg|
|13.||SARAMENHA||15||Nathan Berry||Gerald Ryan||54.5kg|
|14.||FAST AND SEXY||17||Glyn Schofield||Chris Waller||54.5kg|
|16.||EMPRESS ROCK||3||Michael Rodd||Bart Cummings||54.5kg|
|17 (1st Em)||DO YOU THINK||9||——||Bart Cummings||54.5kg|