The Golden Slipper meeting will be held at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday. The course proper was rated a Soft 7 on Thursday and with mainly fine weather in Sydney leading up to the weekend, the Golden Slipper is likely to be run on a Soft track on raceday.
Team Hawkes-trained Supernova is a natural stayer and he would have no problem running out a strong 2400m in the Manion Cup 2nd up (Sydney Race 2, 2400m). This 5YO did a good job last Spring with a 2nd in the Group 3 Bart Cummings Stakes before a close 6th behind Melbourne Cup runner-up Prince Of Arran in the Geelong Cup. First up over 2000m a fortnight ago, Supernova finished 2.3 lengths behind Shared Ambition in the Randwick City Cup. Fitter on Saturday and the gelding also has a good 2nd up record of 2 wins and a 3rd from 4 starts. Team Hawkes is going to take the winkers off to help the gelding settle better and Brenton Avdulla would drop back and let Supernova to find his feet. Together with his light weight (53.5kg), Supernova is going to charge home strongly.
Topweight Luvaluva is the class horse in the Epona Stakes and she’s the one they have to beat (Sydney Race 3, 1900m). This John Sargent-trained mare returned to form three starts back winning the Summer Cup – January Cup double. Last start in New Zealand in the Group 1 Herbie Dyke Stakes, she could only finished 6th and the mare was returning to Sydney afterwards. Sargent has given the mare a 1200m trial on a Heavy 9 track three weeks ago where she finished 3rd. With reasonable pace in the race, Damien Lane will settle somewhere mid-field and Luvaluva’s class should be enough to carry her home.
Dame Giselle should have the race run to suit her in the Golden Slipper (Sydney Race 7, 1200m). This I Am Invincible filly won well last start in the Reisling Stakes over Saturday’s trip and the 2YO is even fitter and is ready to peak 3rd up on Saturday. Dame Giselle won at Rosehill before, won over 1200m last start and she can handle any track conditions and she seems to fit all the criteria of being a Slipper winner. With Farnan having drawn wide, expect the pace to be right on from the beginning. Tim Clark will settle just off the pace from the nice gate (4), and being able to conserve energy in the first half of the race, Dame Giselle will be full of running in the straight. Currently at $10.00 in the fixed odds market, Dame Giselle is a good value Slipper runner.
By Owens Wong, Editor