Last year the race contained the Golden Slipper winner and the 2013 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) is likely to again prove a strong form line after 13 talented horses were named to contest the two-year-old sprint.
The $200,000 event is one of the major features on the Rosehill card on Saturday and will ensure Golden Slipper qualification for the winner.
Among the contenders is Gerald Ryan’s colt Charlie Boy who has received plenty of hype for a horse who has only had one career start.
The son of Myboycharlie won on debut at Rosehill in November and had many in the racing community talking after a strong trial win at Rosehill on February 19.
Travelling south from Queensland for the hit-out is unbeaten gelding Whiskey Allround who was a standout performer in his debut campaign during the spring.
The Tony Gollan-trained youngster won by 8 1/2 lengths on debut at Toowoomba before heading to Brisbane to score two further victories at Eagle Farm.
One of the more experienced runners in the field is Gai Waterhouse’s filly Sweet Idea who won on debut in October and has since scored three consecutive runner-up finishes including in the Magic Millions Classic.
Anthony Cummings has accepted with unbeaten colt Never Can Tell who will be chasing a third straight win and his second at stakes level after winning the Canonbury Stakes at Rosehill on February 16.
Also heading into the race on back of black-type success is Darley colt Kuroshio who won the Group 3 Colts and Geldings Prelude at Caulfield on February 9.
Others contesting the Silver Slipper include debut winner Romantic Moon, last-start placegetters Brilliant Bisc and Criterion and the Patinack-owned Thump.
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Silver Slipper Stakes 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|2||111x||WHISKEY ALLROUND||Tony Gollan||Ric McMahon||6||56.5kg|
|3||1×1||NEVER CAN TELL||Anthony Cummings||Peter Robl||3||56.5kg|
|4||91×184||REGIMENTAL PRIDE||David Payne||Nathan Berry||4||56.5kg|
|5||31×2||ALL THE TALK||Gary Portelli||Blake Shinn||9||56.5kg|
|6||1×3||CRITERION (NZ)||David Payne||Jason Collett||12||56.5kg|
|7||1x||CHARLIE BOY||Gerald Ryan||Glyn Schofield||8||56.5kg|
|9||1222||SWEET IDEA||Gai Waterhouse||Jim Cassidy||2||54.5kg|
|10||1×3||BRILLIANT BISC||Peter G Moody||Joshua Parr||10||54.5kg|
|11||1x||ROMANTIC MOON||John O’Shea||James McDonald||13||54.5kg|
|12||3×7||THUMP||John P Thompson||TBA||11||54.5kg|
|13||3x||SHAHAD||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||5||54.5kg|