With Black Caviar’s boom half-brother All Too Hard originally looking an unlikely Golden Slipper 2012 starter, Caulfield horseman Mick Price could have been forgiven for thinking his filly Samaready was a good thing in the world’s richest race for two-year-olds.
More Than Ready filly Samaready has been topping the bookmaker.com.au odds for the $3.5 million Group 1 AAMI Golden Slipper (1200m), running at Rosehill Gardens this Easter Saturday, since her blistering three length victory in the Blue Diamond Stakes.
With Sepoy having broken the hoodoo of Blue Diamond Stakes winners becoming the first in 22 years last season to continue on and win the Golden Slipper, Samaready looked on track to do the same when she raced away to career win number four from four last start in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) on March 24.
There is now a very real chance, however, that she will come up against another undefeated star in the Hawkes-trained All Too Hard.
Co-trainer John Hawkes, who prepares Casino Prince colt All Too Hard along with his sons Michael and Wayne, said that nothing had been ruled out for the horse after their win in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) on the weekend.
With a blistering turn of foot, the breeding and the form, All Too Hard has moved up the Golden Slipper odds and is now the equal $3 favourite with Samaready.
So what does Price think about facing All Too Hard? Just a little scared to be honest.
“I sat at home and watched the (Pago Pago Stakes) race and was on good terms with myself halfway through it, but once All Too Hard came to the outside and stormed home, I started to feel a bit crook,” Price admitted.
“He is a talented colt who’s never been tested and seems to have come through his race perfectly.
“I’d say that if there’s no physical reason against All Too Hard, I’d expect him to be there next Saturday.
“It’s a Group 1 race; as far as I can see, if he doesn’t win the Slipper it wouldn’t devalue his stud price tag.
“Stallions like Fastnet Rock, Zabeel and Encosta De Lago didn’t win Golden Slippers but that didn’t hurt their brilliant breeding profile.
“As a trainer and a keen competitor I would like him not to be at Rosehill on Saturday, but for the industry it would be a sensational clash having the best filly and colt compete in the Golden Slipper.”
That said Price was confident he had Samaready in the best possible condition ahead of the Golden Slipper, the filly having performed well for trackwork rider Matthew Paget at Randwick on the weekend.
“She’s thrived in the new environment (and)…will have one more hit-out at Randwick on Tuesday,” Price said.
Any Golden Slipper late entries are due to be released shortly while punters will have to wait until Tuesday morning to view the official 2012 Golden Slipper final field and barrier draw.
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