Slipper time again. Silly season for the two-year-olds and their connections. Some of their connections behave like two-year-olds, but that’s another story. The story here is…who will win and why.
The field this year is a good one…I think. It’s harder to get a guide these days because the runners are having fewer and fewer starts before they line up for the $3.5million. It’s a crazy number isn’t it, for horses that we really don’t know much about and nobody, outside of the hard core racing folk, have ever heard of?
The $3.5 million Golden Slipper is set to jump at 4:30pm (AEDT). Sky Racing will be on track bringing you comprehensive coverage!
I think this year will be a strong race because the colts look dominant. It’s my view that when the fillies are dominant in the Slipper, then the form from the race going into the spring, and the next season, isn’t all that good. Last year Moss Fun and Earthquake were the quinella – see my point?
There are two exciting colts at the top of the betting markets. Vancouver and Exosphere look like budding stars. Their last starts were stellar. Vancouver ran the time and beat the best around in the Todman at Randwick. Exosphere looked dominant against inferior class in the Skyline at Warwick Farm. Vancouver has the advantage of having won at Rosehill in January too.
Both colts are superior specimens. They’re big, strong, and physically impressive, with long strides, and good attitudes. They look like the big kids in the under nine footy team. It’s going to be tough for the others to tackle them. I think they’ll score at will, but which one will be man-of-the-match?
I’m sticking with Vancouver. He has the numbers here. Times, margins, racing style, they’re all good. Drawing the outside gate isn’t ideal, but no insurmountable. You can win from there if you get some cover in running. Tommy Berry’s job is to find a tail to follow, not too far from the lead.
Exosphere has an ideal draw and James McDonald will be able to find a spot, but he will most likely be in traffic coming to the bend. That’s when James will need to keep this inexperienced and mentally immature youngster rolling along. A checkered passage for him could be fatal. He’s too big and green to be pulling him from side to side.
I think Haptic can run a good race. The numbers don’t stack for him like they do for the other two good colts, but he hasn’t done much wrong and he has finished his races off well.
So my tips are Vancouver to win, from Exosphere and Haptic. If they don’t fill the placings then it will be a bolters’ boilover and anything could win. Best of luck.
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