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Golden Slipper Day Preview

 Mar 20 2015


Unbeaten colt Vancouver ($2.80) is favoured to provide trainer Gai Waterhouse with her sixth victory in the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) – the world’s richest race for two-year-olds – at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

The son of Medaglia D’Oro – who was an impressive winner of the Todman Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on March 7 – was $2.60 when the field was finalised on Tuesday and eased slightly to his current price after drawing barrier 18.

Vancouver’s main danger appears to be the John O’Shea trained Exosphere ($4.60 - $4.20 since the barrier draw) who took out the Skyline Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on February 28 by four lengths.

One customer will be hoping the Godolphin owned colt salutes after placing a $50,000 bet at $6 last week.

Headwater, a one-time Golden Slipper favourite after claiming the Silver Slipper (1100m) on February 21 before finishing third to Vancouver in the Todman Stakes, shares the next line of betting at $11 with Ready For Victory.

Other runners under 20-1 are English, Furnaces, Lake Geneva (all $15; Lane Geneva was $21 after the barriers were drawn) and Haptic ($17).

Popular Trifecta: 1. Vancouver | 5. Exosphere | 14. Lake Geneva

Top Three Bets since Tuesday’s Barrier Draw: $3,000 at $2.80 on Vancouver | $2,000 the win / $1,000 the place at $11/$3.16 on Headwater | $2,000 at $4.60 on Exosphere

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Contributer ($2.25) is expected to continue his unbeaten run this campaign in the $500,000 Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

The five-year-old bay horse by High Chaparral has returned from a brief spring campaign which included a victory in the David Jones Cup (2000m) on Caulfield Cup Day with wins in the Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on February 14 and the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm on February 28.

Last year’s Epsom Mile winner He’s Your Man ($5) will be fitter after finishing sixth in the Apollo Stakes and third in the Chipping Norton Stakes in his two runs back from a spell.

The Roger James trained Silent Achiever, who won the Ranvet Stakes last year and The BMW (2400m) at her next start, is also $5 after chasing Contributer in the Apollo Stakes (finished fifth) and Chipping Norton Stakes (fourth).

Japan’s Tosen Stardom ($8 - $5.50) creates interest after taking out the Challenge Cup (1800m) at Hanshin on December 13 at his latest start while Lucia Valentina ($6.50) races at the distance where she won the Vinery Stud Stakes and Turnbull Stakes last year.

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Another ding-dong battle is expected between Hallowed Crown ($3.20 - $3) and Sweynesse ($3.20 - $3.10) in the $500,000 Group 1 SKY Racing Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on Saturday.

The Bart and James Cummings trained Hallowed Crown has continued the form that saw him win the Golden Rose (1400m) last spring in taking out the Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on February 21 and Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 7.

Godolphin’s Sweynesse has finished second to Hallowed Crown in both runs this preparation and will be looking to claim his first win since the Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill on September 27.

Mongolian Khan ($5 - $4.60) comes across from New Zealand with the ATC Australian Derby on the agenda after claiming the Avondale Guineas (2100m) at Ellerslie on February 14 and the New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie a fortnight later.

Volkstok’n’barrell ($4.60) is also coming across the Tasman after finishing third in the Avondale Guineas and second in the New Zealand Derby.

Top Three Bets: $1,000 at $18 on Preferment | $1,000 at $5 on Mongolian Khan | $1,000 at $3 on Hallowed Crown

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Team Hawkes will be hoping that Deep Field ($3.80) can re-capture the form that saw him favoured for the Black Caviar Lightning at Flemington only four weeks ago in the $400,000 Group 1 Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

After winning his first five starts, the son of Northern Meteor lowered his colours to Lankan Rupee and Brazen Beau in the Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) before finishing second to Target In Sight in the Maurice McCarten Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill last week.

Miracles Of Life ($5) has thrived in the care of the Snowdens winning two of her last three starts including the Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on March 7.

Rubick ($7 - $6) was too slick for his rivals first-up in the Schillaci Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on October 11 before a poor showing in the Coolmore Stud Stakes on Victoria Derby Day but returned with a third placing in the Challenge Stakes behind Miracles Of Life.

Despite being the second emergency, Kuro ($7) is highly regarded if he’s able to gain a start with five wins and two thirds from nine starts while Sweet Idea ($9.50) has three wins and a second from four first-up tilts including the Missile Stakes (1200m) victory at Randwick on August 9 over Messene and Rebel Dane.

Top Three Bets: $6,000 at $7 on Rubick | $500 each-way ay $21/$5.70 on Flamberge | $500 at $9.50 on Sweet Idea

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One of the more intriguing races at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday will be the $1 million Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) with the three-year-old form being tested against older horses including two from Japan.

Shooting To Win ($5 - $4.80) has found Hallowed Crown a shade the better in his first two starts this campaign finishing fourth in the Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on February 21 and third in the Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 7 while Kermadec ($6 - $5) was an unlucky fourth in the Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 7 behind Wandjina.

The four-year-old mare Cosmic Endeavour is $5 as well after following her second placing to Danesiri in the Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on February 28 with victory in the Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on March 7.

World Ace ($8 - $7.50) is the shortest of the two Japanese gallopers and comes into this race first-up after running fourth in the Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin on December 14 while Real Impact ($11) was a last-start winner of the Hanshin Cup (1400m) on December 27.

Former European gelding It’s Somewhat ($9) – now trained by John O’Shea – is the other runner in single figures and was a first-up winner of the Liverpool City Cup (1300m) at Warwick Farm on February 28.

Top Three Bets: $1,000 each-way at $6/$2.17 on Kermadec | $750 at $5 on Shooting To Win | $500 at $8 on World Ace

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TAB has plenty of ‘Racing Extras’ on the Rosehill Gardens meeting.

The Godolphin team could win all five Group One races with a market on how many they will win.

They are $3.20 to win two or more Group 1 race races.

The Japanese runners have been well supported in the two races – The Ranvet (Tosen Stardom) and George Ryder (World Ace and Real Impact) – they are contesting.

Punters can back how many Group 1 wins they will have (two is $35) and also take $5 about either runner winning the George Ryder.

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Matthew Jenkins - Tabcorp

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