Slipper day Wrap Up

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You couldn’t have asked for a better Golden Slipper day and it was a day full of good performances!

*Pierro got a great run from gate 1 and as I said in the preview, if he got clear running in the straight he should be the winner and when all the gaps opened that was the case. Snitzerland with the blinkers on got a good run up front and when Brown went for home it looked the winner but just run out of petrol and wobbled a touch late. Samaready was a terrific run getting out of her ground and made a stack of ground to run 3rd. You could make a case that with a better barrier she would have won but that’s why punting is punting, you have to weigh those things up. Driefontein is a horse I have always underrated and she was fantastic after blowing the start and having no luck in the straight. I will try to catch up with the connections of Doubtfilly the QLD filly who ran the race of her life to finish 4th.

*I was surprised at how many people were saying More Joyous would get beaten? Many were saying she wasn’t herself in Melbourne etc.. That’s exactly right, she never is though! She is lengths better in Sydney. She can win the group races in Melbourne, but she is simply dominant in Sydney and always has been, especially against mares. Gai also said she was nowhere near her top 1st up and the horse was reported to have a blow and was always going to go forward from that run.

*The talking point was Americain and Mosse’s ride which was horrific again-(Remember the cup last year). Apparently it was the plan all along to bring him over, but I was disgusted they got rid of Arnold for his ride on the horse from Flemington. What did they want him to do on that occasion? You can bet one thing, S.Arnold would not have sat three wide the entire trip in a BMW! Manighar is just flying and deserved yet another Group 1 win. He is shaping as a very good chance to target a Cox plate in the spring as he looks to have the sprint in his legs to be more than competitive.

*We better mention Danny Nikolic on Mosheen. For those who missed it, Danny kicked about 4 lengths clear and was watching the big screen inside the track seeing where the second horse Streama was. When he realised he had a few lengths up his sleeve, he then looked over his left shoulder and eased the filly down. What Danny didn’t realise was that Streama was making up a heap of ground quickly and was jumping back to the inside, not the outside. Nikolic was pretty much in control, but it probably did get a little close for comfort.

**That’s just a bit of a wrap up and it’s really exciting to think the Derby is on its way next week. Polish Knight which won impressively on Saturday is a good chance and he meets Laser Hawk and company who ran in the Rosehill Guineas. Ethiopia comes in without a run in weeks and looks a damn good horse. Stay tuned this week and we will get to that preview later in the week and hopefully back up our Slipper preview trifecta.