With the Golden Slipper picture to become a shade clearer following the Coolmore Classic Day results this Saturday, current Slipper top elect Samaready is odds-on favourite in her weekend assignment in the 2012 Reisling Stakes.
One of two races at Rosehill on Saturday offering a ballot free ride into next month’s coveted Golden Slipper field along with the Todman Stakes, the $300,000 Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) is set to run as Rosehill Race 3 at 1:30pm.
Unsurprisingly Mick Price’s Blue Diamond Stakes winner Samaready has opened top of the Reisling Stakes, also known as the Reisling Slipper Trial, odds.
She has drifted slightly, however, with the wet weather in Sydney coming out from $1.45 to $1.60.
While the historical stats on Blue Diamond Stakes winners backing up to salute in the next race leaves a lot to be desired, More Than Ready filly Samaready really is something special having easily won all three of her career starts to date.
“I haven’t tried to get her to improve (since the Blue Diamond),” Price said.
“I think if she’s in as good form I’d be happy with that.”
She does see a Sydney track for the first time on Saturday but jockey Craig Newitt and Price are confident she has performed well that way of going in trackwork and that it will be the same in the Reisling.
“She’s had two gallopers the right-handed way at Caulfield and got 10 out of 10 for both of them,” Price said.
“She’s very good and I think she’ll win on Saturday.
“She just has to handle the travel.
“With two-year-olds, their immune systems are not robust and they can pick things up.”
“I think the run (on Saturday) will bring her on (for the Golden Slipper),” Price said.
“She’s got a perfect constitution.
“She’s mentally and physically sound and you saw what she did in the Blue Diamond.”
Her price has come in slightly after former second elect in the Golden Slipper odds Black Caviar’s half-brother All Too Hard did not accept for the Todman Stakes on Saturday.
Two other fillies in the Reisling Stakes markets are under double-figures with Snitzerland easing out from $4 to $4.20 and market mover Hussousa backed in from $7.50 to $6.
Drawn one inside the favourite in barrier four, the Gerald Ryan-trained Snitzerland is out for her third win on the trot with Corey Brown retaining the ride.
Last-start the daughter of Snitzel put three lengths on her closes rival to win the Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m) at Flemington, and while she has never officially raced in Sydney she is based at Rosehill and so has worked at the track plenty of times.
Snitzerland is also rated an $11 chance in the Golden Slipper markets at bookmaker.com.au a price that will be slashed should she beat home Samaready on Saturday.
Hussousa, a $14 Golden Slipper chance at bookmaker.com.au, meanwhile has also drawn nicely with barrier three for Saturday, John Thompson’s Husson filly coming off a second to Pierro in the Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill.
That race was run on a Heavy (9) track and with the persistent rain in Sydney and the current Heavy-rated Rosehill course, having experience in the wet could work to the Gimcrack Stakes winner’s advantage.
The rest of the Reisling Stakes field can be found at $21 and above meaning either the bookies have the winning trifecta spot-on, or there’s going to be a juicy upset on the cards!
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