Probably the most open Golden Slipper in years has even received Shane Dye second-guessing himself.
Dye, the Corridor of Fame jockey who gained 4 successive Golden Slippers between 1989-1992, often has a really particular opinion on the world’s richest juvenile occasion every year however even he admits Saturday’s Rosehill Gardens race isn’t so clear-cut.
This displays a rising refrain of opinion that there’s a case to be made for a lot of the 16 runners within the $5 million Longines Golden Slipper (1200m).
Dye ultimately narrowed down his Slipper possibilities to, in no explicit order, Studying To Fly, Cylinder, Crimson Resistance, Shinzo, King’s Gambit and Platinum Jubilee.
“Earlier than Studying To Fly had raced, I noticed her trial and thought she may win the Golden Slipper,” Dye stated.
“I don’t say that with many horses off a trial however she actually impressed me. I had a very good guess on her when she gained her first begin and she or he remains to be undefeated.
“She was taken out of her consolation zone final begin to lead however her jockey will take a sit on her within the Golden Slipper and she or he gained’t cease, she’s going to hold going.”
Dye stated Cylinder has proven along with his wins within the Silver Slipper and Todman Stakes he will likely be very arduous to beat within the Golden Slipper.
“What I like about Cylinder is he simply retains bettering,” Dye stated.
“He received misplaced at his first begin in Newcastle and it was an unlimited run, then he ought to have gained in Melbourne.
“However he has come again this autumn to win each begins, he’s overwhelmed them honest and sq.. He’s received James McDonald, barrier three and goes to get a wonderful run.”
Crimson Resistance has to come back from the acute outdoors barrier in 16 however this didn’t dampen Dye’s enthusiasm for the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained colt.
“I believed Crimson Resistance was actually, actually good towards Cylinder final begin,” Dye stated.
“Crimson Resistance was coming off a trial when he ran below 32s for the final 600m which is simply ridiculous, it’s exceptional. I wouldn’t be stunned if that took extra out of him than folks realise.
“The gate doesn’t fear me. He has that a lot pure velocity and might come throughout of his personal accord. I actually assume he has an ideal likelihood.”
The Chris Waller-trained Shinzo’s barnstorming win within the Pago Pago Stakes final week caught Dye’s eye.
“Shinzo’s win the opposite day was very, superb and he didn’t have a gut-buster both,” Dye stated.
“I do know Metal Metropolis ran quicker time on the day in her race (Magic Night time Stakes) however I’m anxious she had a tough run.
“With Shinzo, he must be ridden again within the discipline then he’ll come charging house.
“This colt has the perfect jockey on the planet in Ryan Moore – and that’s no knock on James (McDonald) who I believe is a celebrity and the perfect in Australia.
“I do know there’s discuss barrier one gained’t go well with Shinzo however they are going to stretch out within the Slipper, Ryan will likely be midfield then go on the lookout for a run within the straight. I believe he has an excellent likelihood.”
Dye had dismissed King’s Gambit as a Golden Slipper risk till he noticed the colt’s dynamic barrier trial win earlier this month.
“King’s Gambit’s trial was excellent, simply excellent,” Dye stated.
“I didn’t give him a hope of profitable the Golden Slipper till I noticed the trial. He’s a particular likelihood.
“I’m not ruling out Platinum Jubilee both. She could be very constant, the blinkers are occurring and she or he isn’t out of it.”
Dye, who gained the Golden Slipper on Courtza (1989), Canny Lad (1990), Tierce (1991) and Burst (1992), admitted he nonetheless isn’t certain who he wish to have ridden in Saturday’s huge race.
“I do know Cylinder goes to get the run of the race,” he stated. “Crimson Resistance goes to come back throughout type his huge barrier, he has that a lot velocity, and will likely be arduous to catch.
“Studying To Fly is a unbelievable filly and goes to be very arduous to beat. I believe it’s down to those three – put it this fashion I’ll know on the 600m which two I’ll wish to leap off.”
Coach Gerald Ryan stays hopeful Facile can go a health take a look at and take her place within the Golden Slipper discipline.
Facile was exhibiting indicators of lameness in her close to forelimb earlier this week and will likely be topic to a Racing NSW veterinary examination on Friday afternoon to find out if she will begin within the Slipper.
If Facile is dominated out of the massive race, then first emergency Militarize will achieve a begin.
In the meantime, Pay attention To The Band, spectacular winner of the Coonamble Qualifier, has been suffered a leg damage and has been dominated out of the $500,000 Nation Championships Last at Royal Randwick on April 1.
Easy Esprit, who ran third within the Coonamble warmth, beneficial properties a begin within the Nation Championships Last.
The Australian Turf Membership is hoping for a bumper crowd of greater than 20,000 for Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
There’s some actual worth for racegoers with the ATC providing a “Punters Pack” for $55 that features racecourse entry, two drinks, $10 meals voucher, racebook and a share within the ATC Punters Podium, which is returning for Slipper Day.
2001 Golden Slipper
Gai Waterhouse skilled the primary of her seven Golden Slipper winners when Ha Ha gained the world’s richest two-year-old race.
It was a historic second within the race’s celebrated historical past as Waterhouse skilled the Slipper trifecta with Ha Ha, ridden by Jim Cassidy, defeating stablemates Excellerator and Crimson Hannigan in an exciting contest.
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