Gerald Ryan’s classy Snitzel filly Snitzerland will look to atone for her last start loss to the undefeated Samaready when she takes her on again in the Golden Slipper 2012 at Rosehill Gardens on Easter Saturday.
A full field of 16 juveniles were paid up for on Tuesday to contest this year’s edition of the world’s richest two-year-olds’ race, the $3.5 million Group 1 AAMI Golden Slipper (1200m), eight of which are fillies.
Pronounced favourite in the Golden Slipper odds at bookmaker.com.au is the Mick Price-trained Samaready, unbeaten in four and already a Group 1 winner thanks to her blistering three length victory in Melbourne’s ace juvenile’s race, the Blue Diamond Stakes.
Samaready sits at the top of the Golden Slipper betting markets at $2.50 and will jump from barrier 11 with Craig Newitt in the saddle as she looks to repeat Sepoy’s Blue Diamond – Golden Slipper winning double from last autumn.
One of the other fillies out to deny the favourite her fifth on the trot is Snitzerland in barrier seven with Corey Brown aboard.
Snitzerland had won two of her three career starts, including a big three length success in the Group 2 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m) at Flemington, before she met Samaready in Sydney on March 24 for the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m).
Despite being spruiked as the horse most likely to bring Samaready’s winning streak to an end, Snitzerland could only manage to finish two and a half lengths away fourth to her in the Reisling.
Ryan remains hopeful that it will be his filly’s time to shine on Saturday however, Snitzerland paying a juicy $26 in the latest Slipper markets at bookmaker.com.au, the addition of blinkers to her gear to help her improve.
“She pulled up big off her last run and I said all the time she was going to improve off it and she has,” Ryan said.
“She’s getting more muscles and stronger as she goes along. She looks terrific.”
Brown, aboard Snitzerland for all of her starts bar her debut on Melbourne Cup Day, was over the moon with the filly’s Golden Slipper barrier draw on Tuesday.
“It helps me if anything,” he said of the gate.
“Now she’s got a good barrier she’s right in the race.”
He also said that the blinkers will help sharpen and fire her up and that could be the key to an upset Golden Slipper 2012 result.
“We’ve tweaked a few things, we’ve put a set of blinkers on her,” he said.
“Gerald said there’s improvement in her.
“She worked super on the course proper this morning (Tuesday).
“I think she is (up to the improvement).
“My filly’s definitely improved since she won.”
Ryan will also be represented in the 2012 Golden Slipper by Todman Stakes fourth placed Amorino ($67 bookmaker.com.au) in barrier two with Steven Arnold aboard and Charge Forward filly Cavalry Rose ($26 bookmaker.com.au) in gate five to be ridden by Christian Reith.
Cavalry Rose comes off a narrow second to Ichihara in the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill last Saturday and is not without her chances of finishing in the top three on Saturday.
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