Pronounced favourite Overreach is sure to firm further in their price to hand trainer Gai Waterhouse with her fifth Golden Slipper win after drawing to perfection with the rails in the Golden Slipper 2013 Barrier Draw for Saturday.
The flying Exceed And Excel filly Overreach was the big winner with the barriers for the $3.5 million Group 1 Tooheys New Golden Slipper (1200m) coming up trumps with the inside alley boosting her chances of scoring a third straight win after emphatic victories in both the Widden and Reisling Stakes.
“She’s got very good gate speed so we’ll be able to put her up there on the pace,” jockey Tommy Berry said after the draw.
“She’s pretty much jumped a length, a half length to a length in front both times (recently).
“She’s very professional and will definitely be right up there.”
Waterhouse had plenty of luck with the Golden Slipper gates also drawing barrier four for her smart Snitzel filly Sweet Idea who will be one of the main dangers.
After a Magic Millions Classic second on the Gold Coast in January Sweet Idea won the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) in the wet at Rosehill and jockey Jim Cassidy rates her a strong chance again this weekend.
“Takes the pressure off me,” Cassidy said of the nice barrier.
“She’s done great. She trialled very good a fortnight ago and has continued to improve.
“If I give her a nice ride and follow Tommy …….I think I’m on a knock out.
“She’s had pretty much the same program as (2001 Golden Slipper winner) Ha Ha did coming through the Magic Millions.
“Itt’s great to be on the second or third chance and you’ve got to be in it to win it.”
Waterhouse’s third chance Whittington meanwhile came up with barrier 10.
The other top Golden Slipper betting fancy Criterion also enhanced their chances of success on Saturday with an ideal barrier two draw, David Payne’s Sebring colt coming off back-to-back wins.
Second-up they enjoyed a victory in the Black Opal Stakes in Canberra before their good win in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill and will be ridden by Hugh Bowman for the first time in the Golden Slipper.
“This guy came out and won the Todman Stakes which is the main lead-up race certainly for the boys,” Bowman said.
“I can see the fillies do look a bit strong on paper but history says the colts have a better record.
“With barrier two he mightn’t have to be back as far as he has in his last couple of races.
“He’s a leading contender for sure.”
A number of the other horses higher up the markets weren’t so fortunate however including former favourite Villa Verde (17) who was last seen running second to Overreach in the Reisling Stakes, and Group 1 winning Kiwi filly Ruud Awakening (18) who drew the extreme outside barriers.
“We’ve just got to go with it, we’ll need a lot of luck, hopefully a bit of rain around will even it up,” Ruud Awakening’s trainer Steve Marsh said of the awkward gate.
“She’s done nothing wrong to date and she’s very fast out of the barriers…obviously a lot more to cross there but that’s why we pay Craig (Williams) the big money to work it out form there.
“Craig galloped her this morning, she’s going super, I’m confident.”
Also out wide will be the likes of Todman Stakes runner-up Fast ‘N’ Rocking (15) and the Gary Portelli-trained Skyline Stakes winner I’m All The Talk (13) who will be ridden by Brenton Avdulla.
“I’ll be able to get me own space out wide and I won’t be in that hustle and bustle early which is a bonus,” Avdulla said of their gate.
“He’s had a good little break between runs and I expect him to put himself right in there in the race.
“If we can just get across comfortable…he’ll be hard to run down.”
The two Golden Slipper emergencies Havana and Il Cavallo meanwhile drew barrier 11 and 7 meaning any horses wider than that will come in should neither gain a start.
See below for the complete 2013 Tooheys New Golden Slipper field, jockeys, barriers and weights.
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2013 Golden Slipper Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 7 – 4:00pm (AEST) – 06/04/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.|
|1||1×311||CRITERION (NZ)||David Payne||Hugh Bowman||2||56.5kg|
|2||7×4422||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||David Hayes||Steven Arnold||15||56.5kg|
|3||13×216||KUROSHIO||Peter Snowden||Joshua Parr||16||56.5kg|
|4||3x2L1||SIDESTEP||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||5||56.5kg|
|5||31×241||I’M ALL THE TALK||Gary Portelli||Brenton Avdulla||13||56.5kg|
|6||1×21||WHITTINGTON||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||10||56.5kg|
|7||51×32||DOTHRAKI||Gerald Ryan||Corey Brown||3||56.5kg|
|8||1×34||CHARLIE BOY||Gerald Ryan||Glyn Schofield||14||56.5kg|
|9||0x129||VA PENSIERO||Jason Coyle||Tim Clark||8||56.5kg|
|10||2×44||WINDJAMMER||Bjorn Baker||Peter Robl||12||56.5kg|
|11||2×11||OVERREACH||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||1||54.5kg|
|12||112111||RUUD AWAKENING||Stephen Marsh||Craig Williams||18||54.5kg|
|13||12221||SWEET IDEA||Gai Waterhouse||Jim Cassidy||4||54.5kg|
|14||11×2||VILLA VERDE||Shaun Dwyer||Michael Rodd||17||54.5kg|
|15||2×119||GUELPH||Peter Snowden||Christian Reith||9||54.5kg|
|16||1×81||ROMANTIC MOON||John O’Shea||James McDonald||6||54.5kg|
|18e||1||IL CAVALLO||Peter G Moody||–||7||56.5kg|