Telperion Chance for 2016 Golden Slipper Stakes

The Champagne Stakes over the mile next April might be the long term target for the John O’Shea-trained Telperion, but there is a chance for an earlier Golden Slipper 2016 bid with the Godolphin youngster.

John O'Shea

John O’Shea (pictured with Sea Siren) has the 2016 Champagne Stakes over the mile in Sydney as a major autumn target for two-year-old Telperion. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The world’s richest race for two-year-olds, the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) runs at Sydney’s Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on March 19 next year.

O’Shea already has one of the top early fancies in futures Golden Slipper betting with his recent Randwick winning Medaglia D’Oro colt Astern second pick behind the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Capitalist.

Also on way to a Golden Slipper run for Godolphin is Gimcrack Stakes winning filly Calliope who O’Shea identified to Racenet this week as the stable’s early pick for the $1.5 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield Racecourse in February.

The Blue Diamond Stakes will come around too soon Street Cry colt Telperion, but he is still a hope of developing into a possible Golden Slipper runner for O’Shea who chases his maiden win in the classic.

“He is a big, strong Street Cry colt that I really like,” O’Shea said.

“He’s got plenty of quality about him.”

The up-and-comer debuted at Rosehill on October 31 over 1100m and was far from disgraced when third, beaten 1.7 lengths by classy filly Yankee Rose.

Based on that career opener the bookies only rate Telperion around $50 in all-in Golden Slipper odds, but O’Shea believes he will only improve over extra metres as he matures next campaign.

Already the trainer is looking at Melbourne’s $220,000 Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on Newmarket Handicap Day at Flemington in mid-March as a lead-up into April’s $400,000 Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) over the Randwick mile in Sydney for Telperion.

“He’s the type, who could progress to races such as the Group 2 Sires’ Produce and the Group 1 Champagne Stakes,” O’Shea said.

“But a crack at the Group I Golden Slipper could be on the cards if he develops as I think he might.”

This autumn gone O’Shea raced the promising Exosphere in the Golden Slipper, but things went amiss for the son of Lonhro when he failed to beat home any of his rivals crossing 18 lengths away 16th behind Vancouver.

Exosphere atoned during his three-year-old season and won three on the trot including the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) before his last start fourth to Japonisme in the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on Derby Day.

O’Shea said while the comparisons were there to be made, there were notable difference between this season’s crop of two-year-olds in his care and last season’s that produced Exosphere.

“Twelve months ago, we had many fast-running young horses, but this time around, we have not had as many ready to go before Christmas,” he explained.

“This is because we have a lot, who are going to be better over 1200m to 1400m, many of them by Lonhro and Street Cry.”

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