Golden Slipper Runners - Runner-by-Runner Guide

  • 2019 Golden Slipper runner-by-runner guide

A capacity field of 16 two-year-olds will run in the 2019 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens. It looks an open race with at least five key winning chances. 

Here is our runner-by-runner guide for the Golden Slipper.

1. YES YES YES (19) - Chris Waller, Blake Shinn, 56.5kg 
Yes Yes Yes beat all bar Brooklyn Hustle in three runs for Darren Weir. Now trained by Chris Waller, his first-up victory in the Todman Stakes (1200m) was full of merit off a good trial. The leaders went 2.3 lengths slower than class benchmark to the 600m and Yes Yes Yes ripped home 4.6 lengths above class benchmark for the final 600m. His last 400m was 0.04s faster than Tenley and he will be fitter for that run. The negatives are, barrier 19 and his only look at a wet track was on a Soft 5 at Flemington which races more like a Good 4.
Odds: $8.00 (Beteasy)

2. MICROPHONE (1) - James Cummings, Hugh Bowman, 56.5kg
His victory in the Talindert Stakes (1100m) at Flemington rated extremely well and despite the fact he was in the fast lane on the fence, he went 6.1 lengths faster than class benchmark to the 600m and recorded an overall figure of 2.8 lengths above the benchmark. He has the perfect run last start in the Skyline Stakes (1200m) and did bolt away from Cosmic Force who won so impressively last Saturday. The map is tricky from barrier one but he must be given a chance.
Odds: $7.50 (Beteasy)

3. TIME TO REIGN (9) - Gary Portelli, Jason Collett, 56.5kg 
He beat Tassort two starts ago in the Silver Slipper (1100m) but I doubt there was much intent to win the race with the Godolphin horse and Time To Reign to the perfect run. Last start was just awful in the Todman Stakes behind Yes Yes Yes. I’m happy to forgive one bad run with two-year-olds but I can’t talk myself into Time To Reign.
Odds: $16.00 (Neds

4. FREE OF DEBT (10) - Chris Bieg, Dwayne Dunn, 56.5kg 
I gave him no chance in the Blue Diamond coming off the Viking Warrior form at Flemington and four-weeks between runs. He proved me wrong, running a huge race and gets a similar set-up here off a nice Randwick trial win. He handled his first go on a soft track in the trial, the issue is he doesn’t map well from barrier 10. 
Odds: $34.00 (Sportsbet)

5. COSMIC FORCE (2) - Peter & Paul Snowden, Mark Zahra, 56.5kg 
He went to a new level last start in the Pago Pago (1200m). He went 1.4 lengths above the class benchmark the 600m and came home 2.7 lengths above the final 600m. That’s a massive figure of 4.1 lengths above class benchmark. The questions are, he beat the C-graders and his SP profile is horrible for his current price in a Golden Slipper. He started $14 vs Microphone and $6.50 vs Bivouac who is $67 here. Was the market just that wrong about his ability? I know the stable have no issue backing him up seven-days later and he must be in the game off the win in the Pago Pago but there are just too many questions for me to get entertained at the price.
Odds: $6.00 (TAB

6. DUBIOUS (16) - Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, Michael Walker, 56.5kg 
He finished a close-up second behind Exhilarates two starts ago but I doubt that Magic Millions form is good enough here. Good effort behind last start behind Yes Yes yes in the Todman and his overall figure was one-length above class benchmark but the map from 16 probably puts him out of play.
Odds: $26.00 (Ladbrokes

7. LYRE (13) - Anthony Freedman, Luke Currie, 54.5kg 
Her overall figure of 9.6 lengths above benchmark winning the Blue Diamond Stakes is the best in the race however that was her grand final and most of these Sydney 2YO’s haven’t had their grand final yet. She was very impressive winning her trial at Randwick on a Soft 7, which was her first look at a soft track. That trial suggests she hasn’t gone backwards but my gut feel is the Melbourne form is the A- form.
Odds: $12.00 (Palmerbet)

8. LANKAN STAR (3) - David & B Hayes & T Dabernig, Damien Oliver, 54.5kg 
She beat all bar Lyre in the Blue Diamond but did go awfully seven days ago on a bog track in the Magic Night against B-C graders. S.Clipperton to D.Oliver is a tick but I’ll be looking elsewhere.
Odds: $51.00 (Beteasy

9. TENLEY (6) - James Cummings, James McDonald, 54.5kg 
She is unbeaten through three career starts and is my number one seed going into an open Golden Slipper. She was under riding at the 400m last start in the Riesling and I thought she would struggle to win. Once she got the outside, she exploded late, running 11.16s for her final 200m vs Yes Yes Yes who ran 11.32s winning the Todman. Barrier 6, James McDonald on are both ticks. I think she’ll be a 1400m-1600m horse in time but does have the turn of foot to win a Golden Slipper, top pick.
Odds: $6.50 (Palmerbet

10. PIN SEC (5) - James Cummings, Tommy Berry, 54.5kg 
I had trouble pricing Pin Sec. She just won on debut at Randwick off a walking tempo and then went to Canberra and bolted in the Black Opal against C graders. Her overall figure of 4.5 lengths below class benchmark doesn’t put her in the race and I’m happy to risk her. 
Odds: $18.00 (Palmerbet)

11. ANAHEED (7) - Peter & Paul Snowden, Tim Clark, 54.5kg 
Anaheed is a beautiful type and will be a great filly and mare over 1600m in time. She bolted in on debut at Randwick before coming to Melbourne and was luckless behind Catch Me in the Blue Diamond Preview. She didn’t go to the Diamond and instead returned a week after that race in the Sweet Embrace and was too classy for the C graders. She plugged away behind Tenley last start in the Reisling. Nice type and has class but probably lacks the brilliance to win a Slipper.
Odds: $18.00 (Sportsbet

12. KIAMICHI (17) - James Cummings, Damian Lane, 54.5kg 
Her last start victory in the Magic Night Stakes was full of merit. She ran four-lengths above class benchmark to the 600m and still came over 0.7 lengths below benchmark for an overall figure of 3.3 lengths above. That’s only 0.8 lengths off Cosmic Force on the day. Although the win was full of merit, she did get the perfect run considering the race was leaders/rail dominated. She will be forced to work awfully hard to get near the front from barrier 17.
Odds: $51.00 (Palmerbet

13. CATCH ME (12) - Peter & Paul Snowden, Corey Brown, 54.5kg 
Catch Me returns after two very poor runs in Melbourne. Her figures from the Blue Diamond Preview were outstanding and she was $3.10 into $2.10 (backed all throughout race morning & afternoon) in the prelude. It was a too bad to be true run and the Snowden's had no answers. They pressed onto the Diamond and I was forgiving her one bad run, keeping in mind that the Snowden’s are grand final trainers. She failed again behind Lyre and has only trialled since. I couldn’t possibly back her.
Odds: $51.00 (TAB

14. VINCERE VOLARE (11) - Tony Gollan, Sam Clipperton, 54.5kg 
She was brave behind Tenley in Reisling Stakes. I couldn't back the stable or the jockey in a Golden Slipper. Will be caught in the charge of the light brigade in front. Not for me.
Odds: $41.00 (Ladbrokes

15. EXHILARATES (18) - James Cummings, Kerrin McEvoy, 54.5kg 
She performed very well in her Magic Millions victory on the Gold Coast, her figures were average at best, going 2.9 lengths below class benchmark. She was good without being great in the Reisling Stakes behind Tenley. Barrier 18 and it’s a horror map, I’m risking.
Odds: $20.00 (Beteasy

16. LOVING GABY (15) - Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, Oisin Murphy, 54.5kg 
Who knows how good she is? It was an outstanding win on debut in Chairman's Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield off a very good trial but that's probably the F grade form looking at it now. She was luckless in Diamond and if you swap the runs with the winner, you can argue she wins. Her barrier trial at Randwick was good and she looks to handle the soft track. Oisin Murphy is an interesting booking and barrier 15 is scary. I prefer others but it wouldn’t shock me to see her win.
Odds: $15.00 (Sportsbet

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Golden Slipper Runners - Runner-by-Runner Guide

A capacity field of 16 two-year-olds will run in the 2019 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens. It looks an open race with at least five key winning chances.

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