Peter Snowden’s star filly Earthquake has come up with a double digit 2014 Golden Slipper barrier draw for Saturday’s classic but could still start the first odds-on favourite in the race for a decade despite the hoodoo on gate 13.
The last two-year-old to start in the red in the world’s richest juvenile’s race was Alinghi who failed to salute for the punters running third to Dance Hero back in 2004.
This weekend Exceed And Excel filly Earthquake is set to jump shortie in the markets for the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) even after drawing barrier 13 for the Rosehill feature.
Unbeaten in her four impressive career starts to date the Darley-owned champion is already a Group 1 winner having taken out the Blue Diamond Stakes in Melbourne this autumn.
She did it in fine style from barrier 15 of 16 that day, and odds are she can do it again from another wide draw here and become the sixth Blue Diamond – Golden Slipper double winner in history.
The last to complete the double was another Snowden-trained hero, Sepoy back in 2011, who was ridden by the same hoop aboard Earthquake this year Kerrin McEvoy.
It’s a bit of a hoodoo barrier however, with no Golden Slipper winner having jumped from barrier 13 since 1957.
Earthquake will come into barrier 12 however if the race’s only emergency, Scratch Me Lucky (12), fails to get a run with the last Slipper winner from that gate being Inspired back in 1984.
Last start Earthquake was seen defeating Mossfun in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on March 22, runner-up there again being touted as her biggest danger on Saturday.
The Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Mossfun had her chance in the Reisling but was unable to pick up the winner.
She’ll have another go in the Slipper but hasn’t fared much better coming up with barrier 11, Kiwi expat James McDonald staying on.
While barrier 13 hasn’t thrown up a Golden Slipper winner in over fifty years there has been some success from Mossfun’s gate 11 draw with three winners since 1983: Ha Ha (2001), Belle Du Jour (200) and Guineas (1997).
The past two years have been favourable for those on the inside alley with the Gai Waterhouse-trained duo of Pierro (2012) and Overreach (2013) both saluting from barrier one.
This year barrier one has been drawn by the Mick Price-trained Jabali who will be ridden by Glen Boss.
The Exceed And Excel colt ran a nice second in their opening three career starts, including behind Earthquake in the Blue Diamond.
They faded out of contention however with their disappointing Group 2 Todman Stakes seventh in their Sydney debut on March 22.
Also coming into the Golden Slipper field this year via the Todman Stakes are winner Ghibellines, the well fancied Unencumbered out wide in barrier 14 (into the unwanted 13 with the emergency out) with Craig Williams riding and Price’s other runner Cornrow in gate eight.
A stablemate of the favourite Earthquake, Ghibellines has drawn to perfection in barrier two with Hugh Bowman to ride; the last Slipper winner to do so from that gate being Waterhouse’s Dance Hero (2004).
Waterhouse meanwhile will shoot for her incredible sixth Golden Slipper trophy this year, the master trainer currently on a record equalling five with her late great father TJ Smith.
She’s on the past two editions of this race and is dually represented on Saturday with Law (barrier seven) and her last start Group 2 Skyline Stakes winner Valentia (barrier four).
The outside gate meanwhile has been drawn by Snowden’s third runner Memorial who is sure to be at long odds after a ninth in the Reisling Stakes last time out.
There has been just one previous Golden Slipper winner to do so from 16, Queenslander Phelan Ready back in 2009 who failed to win a race ever again.
This year the Queenslanders are represented in the Slipper field by the Danny Bougoure-trained Oakleigh Girl (barrier 10) who is the only one first-up in the race.
Her latest start was a second to Unencumbered in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast back in January, but she earned a Slipper call-up after an impressive five length Rosehill trial win on March 21.
The next two most successful Golden Slipper barriers since 1957 outside of gate one are then three and eight with six winners each.
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2014 Golden Slipper Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 8 – 5:00pm (AEST) – 05/04/2014
|1||13111152||UNENCUMBERED||Bjorn Baker||Craig Williams||14||56.5kg|
|2||2×227||JABALI||Mick Price||Glen Boss||1||56.5kg|
|3||4×351||GHIBELLINES||Peter Snowden||Hugh Bowman||2||56.5kg|
|4||311||VALENTIA||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||4||56.5kg|
|5||3×2533||CORNROW||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||8||56.5kg|
|6||1×14||LAW||Gai Waterhouse||Tim Clark||7||56.5kg|
|7||112634||MODOC||Paul Perry||Blake Shinn||3||56.5kg|
|8||1×35||RISEN FROM DOUBT||Tony McEvoy||Nash Rawiller||6||56.5kg|
|9||1×111||EARTHQUAKE||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||13||54.5kg|
|10||1×112||MOSSFUN||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||James McDonald||11||54.5kg|
|11||1142x||OAKLEIGH GIRL||Danny J Bougoure||Craig Newitt||10||54.5kg|
|12||11241||ELOPING||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||Stephen Baster||15||54.5kg|
|13||11×413||ALPHA MISS||Gary Nickson||Jason Collett||9||54.5kg|
|14||131||BRING ME THE MAID||Peter G Moody||Chad Schofield||5||54.5kg|
|15||11×29||MEMORIAL||Peter Snowden||Christian Reith||17||54.5kg|
|16||1×1||BELIEVE YOURSELF||Gerald Ryan||Brenton Avdulla||16||54.5kg|
|17e||825×716||SCRATCH ME LUCKY||Paul Perry||Glyn Schofield||12||56.5kg|