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Raphael’s Cat delivered an impressive maiden win on debut at Rosehill this afternoon (Wednesday) but it won’t change trainer Gai Waterhouse’s mind about running the colt in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on March 21.
The two-year-old colt was well-backed to win his debut start after his price firmed from $7 into $3.50 at Ladbrokes.com.au. The son of multiple Group One winner Redoute’s Choice was one of ten juvenile runners that lined-up at Rosehill, jumping from the inside gate with Tim Clark to ride.
Clark delivered an energetic ride on Raphael’s Cat, which was enough to get the colt across the line half a head in front of Chris Waller’s Navua Mist while Gerald Ryan’s Elle Snitz led the remainder of the field two lengths back in third place.
Waterhouse was happy to heap praise on the colt following the race, noting he is “very nice”, but was firm in her belief that he is not a Golden Slipper horse.
“He’s not a Slipper horse but he’s a very nice horse, a natural two-year-old,” Waterhouse told Racenet.
“I love the way Tim made the executive decision after he got to the furlong to go from on the fence to off the fence
“I don’t think there’s any rider in Sydney riding better than Tim Clark.”
Raphael’s Cat could be a Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) horse however as the colt holds a nomination for the $1 million juvenile race, which is taking place on April 4 at Randwick on Day 1 of The Championships.
Without the $3.5 million Golden Slipper on the horizon for the colt, Raphael’s Colt will likely next be seen running in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on March 14.
Waterhouse is still set to be strongly represented in the 2015 Golden Slipper with ambitious plans to run up to six starters in the race. Her best chance at this stage is Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) winner Vancouver, who is the $6 second favourite in the futures betting at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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