It is a wide open affair in early Golden Slipper 2015 betting for the world’s richest two-year-olds’ race this April in Sydney, but hot young hoop Sam Clipperton believes there is good value to be found in Godolphin entry Calaverite.
Godolphin and head trainer John O’Shea have an absolute smorgasbord of ace juveniles heading towards a run in the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 21.
Early Golden Slipper odds at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by $7 co-favourites Vancouver, prepared by five-time Golden Slipper winning trainer Gai Waterhouse, and the best fancied of the Godolphin contingent Ottoman.
Exceed And Excel filly Ottoman won on debut over 1100m at Rosehill during December and has been spruiked by O’Shea and the team as their benchmark two-year-old this season.
Clipperton however has been aboard, or ridden against, a host of O’Shea’s up-and-comers and believes Calaverite ticks plenty of boxes.
“I’m a big fan of Calaverite, she might not have the class or brilliance of some of her stablemates, but she’d be my pick,” he told Racenet this week.
“I don’t have the experience to say that with confidence, but everything about this filly impresses me.
“She just does everything right, her attitude is unbelievable.
“She wants to be there, she wants to race and she is just the ultimate professional.”
A $17 chance to win the Golden Slipper, the daughter of Lonhro represents good value compared to many of her stablemates and is a genuine hope for the classic according to Clipperton – himself and up-and-comer in his field.
“A Slipper campaign is a long road, especially for these youngsters, and she is the one I think will get there on the day ready to go,” he said.
Calaverite debuted at Royal Randwick on October 4 during the spring with Clipperton in the saddle and impressed him when she kept a straight course up the middle of the track to win pulling away by a half-length in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m).
She has had the one official trial since, Clipperton in the saddle again, for a third when under a length off Navua Mist over 903m at Rosehill on February 3.
“She came from back in the field to win the Gimcrack then showed pace at her trial,” Clipperton said.
“She’s versatile, which is another positive about her.”
Calaverite returns to racing on Saturday at Randwick in the $125,000 Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m), Clipperton to ride her from the outside barrier 11 draw that is a bit of a disadvantage.
“She’s drawn a wide gate on Saturday, which isn’t ideal,” Clipperton said.
“She has bigger fish to fry this campaign, so if she jumps fast I have no concern working across to settle handy but otherwise I would expect her to drift back and find some cover.”
O’Shea also saddles up three other runners in the race with Exceed And Excel colt Haptic (barrier two) coming off a Randwick win on debut on January 24, Denman filly Igraine (barrier three) and Rosehill winner from October Furnaces (barrier four).
Market mover Funraces is the $2 favourite but at $11 Igranie looks good value, the Gimcrack Stakes runner-up coming off a close third to Fireworks in the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on January 31.
Calavertie meanwhile is a $7 shot for the Lonhro Plate.
Yet to ride in a Golden Slipper field, Clipperton is hoping he can stay on Calaverite for the big day, but would be more than happy to take any ride the stable offers him.
“I just keep turning up and working hard,” he said.
“John has given me so many great opportunities already. A Slipper ride would be unbelievable.”
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